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Volume 95 - I973 

Prepared by 

Bradley E, Weidenhamer 

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Ashland Theological Seminary 


Allen, Frank W, 

National Leadership and Missionary Preparation, 95 i7, March 2k, p, 18-20, 
Allison, Richard E. 

The Nature and the Purpose of Baptism in the Believer's Church, 95>26, 
December 15 » p. 10-12. 
Baker, Larry 

Missionary Emphasis Material, 95!li January 13, p. 6, 
Bates, Henry 

A Mission Church Becomes a Missionary Church, 95:2, January 27, p, 22-23, 

Praise the Lord Through the Local Chiu-ch. 95il7, August 25, p, li»-20, 
Bennett, Keith 

Reflection on Abortion, 95 si, Janviary 13, p, 26-27, 
Bolinger, Larry 

Critical Questions — Why? Hok? 95 »5. February 2k, p, 7, 
Burkey, Fred 

Building His Ghvirch Through Brethren Youth, 95 j9, April 21, p, 3. 

Youth in Living Service, 95 «9. April 21, p. Ik, 
Byron, Ralph L, 

Go Ye Into All the World. 95 i3, February 10, p, 8-10. 
Clayton, Glenn L, 

A Message to The Brethren Church, 95«20, October 6, p, I5. 
Cook, Harold R, 

The Missing Link in Missionary Recruitment, 95«25i December 1, p, II-I3. 
Devanandam, V. S. 

The Trouble Is, 95«13. June 16, p. 10, 
Dodds, Myron W. 

Our Business Is to Spread the Word, 95:8, April 7» p. 3. 

The Urgency of Evangelism, 95«l6, August 11, p, 6-9. 

The Need for Glad Tidings, 95«26, December 15, p, 3, 
Drushal, Mary Ellen 

Learning Center at Smithville, 95«22, October 20, p, I5, 
Eliah, Polavarapu 

From Darkness to Light, 95«5» February 2k, p, 11, 
Fields, James L, 

How Could David Know? 95 «9. April 21, p, 5. 
Finks, Frederick 

What's It Like to Spend Three Hotirs In a Fall-Out Shelter? 95 16, March 10, p. 27. 
Flora, Delbert B. 

The Theology of Triune Immersion Baptism. 95 'I'*. June 30, p. 12-13, 
Flora, Jerry R, 

In Acceptance Lies Peace. 95«22, October 20, p. 8-9. 
Gilmer, Arden E. 

Pennsylvania District Conference Moderator's Address. 95»18, September 8, p. 6-11, 
Graff am, Lillian H. 

Toward Personal Dignity and Faith for Montagnards — in Vietnam. 95«7i March 2k, 

p. ^+-5. 


Griffiths, Michael 

Give Up Your Saall Ambitions. 95«7» March 24, p, 22, 
Gull, John 

A Journey — To Dlscoveryl 95«10, May 5t p. ^ 
Henry, Carl F. H, 

Key 73 — A Midyear Appraisal. 95«15f July 28, p. 3. 
Hltt, Russell T, 

POW Spiritual Leader. 95«23, November 3, p. 3-5. 
Howard, Kenneth R, 

In Christ: Penitence, Unity, Praise, Evangelism. 95«19, September 22, p. if-7. 
Ingraham, M. Virgil 

In Memoriam: John Wesley Piatt. 95 «6, March 10, p. 15. 

Nigerian Administrative Visit. 95:11, May 19, p. 16-19 and 95:12, June 2, 
p. 18-20. 
Jyothi, Susheela 

Of Time, 95:1'^, June 30, p. 24-25. 
Kato, Byang H, 

Aid to the National Church, When It Helps — When It Hinders. 95 i8, April 
7, p. 24-27. 
Keck, Elmer M, 

Praise the Lord. 95:23, November 3, p. 27-29. 
Kesler, Jay 

When Two Worlds Collide. 95:16, August 11, p, 10-12. 
Kieffaber, Alan 

Lardin Gabasi the View from Within, 95:6, March 10, p. 12. 
Kumar, K. Prasantha 

The Brethren Health Center in India. 95:5, February 24, p. 8-9. 
Larson, Donald N, 

The Economics of Endemic Monolingual it la. 95:3, February 10, p. 22-23. 
Linkletter, Art. 

America's Home Life Needs Refurbishing. 95:11, May 19, p. 8-11. 
Locke, John F. 

It^s Our Business (reprint of 1946 article). 95:5, February 24, p. 3. 
Lockerbie, D. Bruce 

If We Don't Win, It*s a Shame, 95:5, February 24, p, 18-19. 
Lovnnaster, Charles 

The Brethren Position on the Inspiration and Authority of Scripture, 
95:9, April 21, p, 7-9. 
Mandapalli, Sat yam 

My Life in the Brethren Orphanage. 95:5, February 24, p, 10, 
Meyer , Virgil 

Is There Justification in the Bible for War? 95:22, October 20, p, 4-7, 
Miranda, Adriana 

Brethren Youth Report, 95:18, September 8, p, 24, 
Miranda, Jimn Carlos 

The Glory of World Missions. 95:7, March 24, p. 20-21. 

Mini-Tornado Hits Eden Bible Institute, 95:26, December 15, p. 14. 
Moore, Brian H. 

All Kinds of Shoes. 95:10, May 5, p. 22-23. 

The New Testament Relationship of Baptism to Purpose of the Church. 95:12, 
June 2, p. 24-25. 
MuBson, Charles R. 

What Is the Scriptural Basis for Reimmersion of Believers and Should Reimmersion 
of Believers be Necessary for Membership in The Brethren Church? 95:26, 
December 15, p. 28-30. 
Naff , James 

Evidence for Trine Immersion. 95:10, May 5, p. 11-13. 


Oxenrider, Jack 

Retreat, What Is It? 95«23 November 3, p. 6-7, 

Retreat, Where Did It Start? 95*25, December 1, p. 28-29, 
Prasanth, K, Nlroala 

MlaslonCcncerBs for Youth. 95 »6, March 10, p, 11, 
Rao, T. Raja 

Sin and Salvation, 95:10, May 5, p, 5, 
flohrer, Norman B, 

1973 — The End Was Not Yet, 95«26, December 15, p. 6-9, 
Ronk, Albert T. 

This Rock, 95:15, July 28, p. 2U-26. 

The Historical View of The Brethren Chvirch on the Ordinance of Baptism. 
95:24, November 17, p. 22-25. 
Roussaki, Peter £. 

Foundations of Brethren Hymnody. 95:14, p. 14-16. 
Schuster, George 

Open the Door J 95:1, January 13, p. 3» 

A New Leaf, 95:2, January 27, p. 3» 

Calling Our Continent,., 95:3 February 10, p. 3, 

The Truth of the Matter Is,., 95:7, March 24, p, 3, 

TV X - R - PG or G? 95:10, May 5, p. 3. 

Dominating or Domineering? 95:19, September 22, p. 3, 

Are You Concerned? 95:25, December 1, p, 3» 
Shank, Glenn 

Shalom-Salaam-Greetings of Peaca, 95i22, October 20, p, 3, 
Shultz, John 

National Conference and Peace. 95:22, October 20, p, 9, 
Shultz, Joseph R, 

Christian Ministries and Congregationalism, 95:20, October 6, p, 18. 
Silvestri, Doris R. de 

Argentine W.M.S. Celebrates Its Sixth Annual Congress, 95:25, December 1, p, 10, 
Solomon, George W, 

The Early Church Fathers' View of Relationship of Baptism to the Purpose 
of the Church, 95:13, June 16, p, 28-29. 
Solomcm, Kenneth 

A New Venture of Faith — Columbia, South America — the Coffee Country, 
95:5, Febrxiary 24, p, 4-6, 
Spath, Mrs, Paul W. 

Let's Ui*iold Our Pastors. 95:13, June 16, p. 8. 
Stark, Bruce C. 

The Case for the Christian School - 

Part li Biblical Foundations, 95:15, July 28, p. 14-16. 
Part 2: A Christian Philosophy of Education. 95:17, August 25, p. 4-8. 
Part 3 1 Conclusion. 95:22, October 20, p. 24-27. 
Stogsdill, Clarence 

Evidences for Single Immersion, 95:25, December 1, p, 6-8, 
Stoop, David 

Maybe You Shouldn't Be Teaching, 95:5 February 24, p. 26-27. 
Summy, Bev 

Half a Service? 95»23, November 3, P. 13. 
Wolff, Richard 

Should You Be a Missionary? 95:24, November 17, p. 9-11. 
Young, John 

A Little Child Shall Lead Them, 95:12, June 2, p, 12-15. 



Reflection on Abortion. K, Bennett. 95 «1, January 13t P. 26-27. 

Message to The Brethren Church, A. G.L. Clayton. 95»20, October 6, p. 15, 

Ministry at Ashland College. V. Meyer. 95«20, October 6, p. 16-1?, 

News from Ashland College. 95 j2, January 27, p. 21. 

News from Ashland College. 95«25, December 1, p. 21, 

Christian Ministries and Congregationalism. J.R. Shultz. 95«20, October 6, p. 18 

Ronk Memorial Center, The. (includes biographl*s of Albert T, Ronk, George T, 
Ronk and Willis E. Ronk) 95 «6, March 10, p. 5-8. 

Biblical View of Believer's Immersion i Evidence for Trine Immersion, The, J, Naff 

95«10, M»y 5. p. 11-13. 
Early Church Fathers' View of Relationship of Baptism to the Purpose of the 

Church, The. G.W. Solomon. 95«13, June 16, p. 28-29. 
Evidences for Single Immersion. C. Stogsdlll, 95:25, December 1, p. 6-8, 
Historical View of The Brethren Church on the Ordinance of Baptism. A.T. Ronk, 

95 «2^, November 17, p. 22-25. 
Nature and the Purpose of Baptism In the Believer's Church, The, R.E. Allison, 

95i26, December 15, p, 10-12. 
New Testament Relationship of Baptism to Purpose of the Church, The. B.H. Moore, 

95«12, June 2, p. 2^^-25, 
Theology of Triune Immersion Baptism. D.B. Flora. 95 «1^, June 30, p, 12-13. 
Vfhat Is the Scriptural Basis for Reimmersion of Believers and Should Reimnersion 

of Believers be Necessary for Membership in The Brethren Church? C.R. Munson. 

95«26, December 15, p. 28-30. 

Do You Care Enough to... Support in '73? 95 «1, January 13, p. 20. 
We Care Enough to Build Housing for the Elderly. 95 «1, January 13, P» 17. 
We Care Enough to Construct Retirement Apartments. 95«lf Janxiary 13, |>i.l5. 
We Care Enough to Promote Brethren Care in Pennsylvania, 95 tl, January 13, P» 18 
We Care Enough to Provide Brethren Care. 95 si, January 13, p. 14. 
We Care Enough to Sustain The Brethron's Home, 95:1, January 13, p. 16. 
You Have Cared Enought to... Give in '72, 95:1, January 13, p. 19, 

The Brethren Position on the Inspiration and Authority of Scripture, C, Lowmaste 

95:9, April 21, p. 7-9. 

Christ the Liberator. Reviewed by Samuel Rowen. 95:10, May 5, p, 6. 

Give Up Your Small Ambitions. Michael Griffiths, reviewed by Wade Coggins. 

95:7, March Zk^ p. 22, 
Hammered as Gold, David Howard, 95 i9, April 21, p, 25, 
Satan Is Alive and Well on Planet Earth, Hal Lindsey, reviewed by James 

Nestinger, 95:20, p. 28. 
Soul of the Symbols. J.R. Shultz. 95:1, January 13, p. 29. 
Two From Galilee, Marjorie Holmes, reviewed by Judith Larson, 95:9, April 21, 

p. 19. 

First Christmas Party at Brethren Care. 95:2, Janxiary 27, p. 20. 

Happenings at Brethren Care, 95:13, June 16, p. 14-16. 

Retirement Center for Pennsylvania Receives Gift of Land. 95:19, September 22, 

We Care Enough to Provide Brethren Care. 95:1, January 13, p. l4. 



Central District Conference of The Brethren Chtirch, 95«13t June 16, p, 26-2?, 

Eighty-Sixth Brethren Conference of Indiana, 95»12, June 2, p. ^-7, 

Eighty-Sixth Conference of the Southeast District of The Brethren Church, 95:18, 
September 8, p, ^4-5. 

Eighty-Third Pennsylvania District Conference of The Brethren Church, The, 95il4, 
June 30, p. 18-20, 

Ninetieth Conference of Brethren Church of the Ohio Conference, 95 til, fey, 19, 
p. 4-6, 

Northern California Brethren Conference. 95«5f Felsruary 24, p, I6-I7, 

General Conference Auxiliary Programs. 95:14, Jtme 30, p, 6-9, 

General Conference Program. 95«13. June 16, p, 4-7. 

Praise the Lord Through the Local Church. H, Bates, 95:17, p, 14-20, 

Constitution of the National Laymen's Organization. 95:12, June 2, p. 28-29. 

Dedicated - The Ardmore Laymen. 95«26, December I5, p. 23. 

1972 N.L.O. (Project Completed). 95:3, February 10, p. 14. 

Payne Visits In Indiana. 95»26, December 15i p. 24, 

Some Comments on the Goals, 95t26, December 15, p. 22, 

Why, Why, Why, R,H. Geaslen, 95 «2, January 27, p, 10. 

Building His Church Through Brethren Youth. F, Burkey, 95 «9, April 21, p. 3. 

New Musical Ministry - HIS in Service, A. 95:23, November 3, p. 10. 

1972 Western BYC Retreat. 95 «2, January 27, p. 26. 

1973 National BYC Convention. 95 «7, March 24, p. 26-27. 

1973 National BYC Convention. 95:19, September 22, p. 22-23. 

1973 Summer Crusaders. 95:8, April 7, p. 14-15. 95 «9, April 21, p. 15-17. 
95»10, May 5, P. 14-17. 95:11, May 19, p. 26-27. 

Outreach '73. 95:6, Marc&40, p. 26. 

Outreach '73. National BYC Financial Budget. 95:1, January 13, P. 9. 

Outreach '73. 95:2, January 27, p. 29. 

People Goals. 95:10, May 5, p. 18. 

Summer Crusader Update. 95:18, September 8, p. 12-15. 

Youth In Living Service. F. Burkey. 95:9. April 21, p. 14. 

Brethren's Home of Indiana, Inc., The. 95«2* January 27, p. 14-19. 

Moth«r*s Thanks, A. Mrs. Duane Dickson. 95:10, ffey 10, p. I9. 

We Care Enough to Sustain The Brethren's Home. 95:1, Janviary 13, p. 16. 

Maybe You Shouldn't Be Teaching. David Stoop. 95:5, February 24, p. 26-27. 

Opportxaiities and Obligations in 1974. 95:24, November 17, p. 14-15. 

Teaching Is a Tedious Task! 95:25, December 1, p. 15. 

What's It Like to SpeniThree Hours In a Fall-Oat Shelter? F, Finks. 95:6, March 
10, p. 27. 

Audio-Visual Dept» Training Material. 95:1, January 13, p. 10-11, 

Audio-Visual Dept., World Missions. 95:3, Febrmry 10, p. 26-27. 

What's Happening in the Churches? 95:3, February 10, p. 28. 

Learning Center at Smithville, Mary Ellen Drushal, 95:22, October 20, p, 15. 

Foundations of Brethren Hymnody, P.E, Roussaki. 95:14, June 30, p. 14-16. 

Now, For Our Prayer Hyan. 95:15, July 28, p. 7. 



95«13. June 16, p, 
p. 17. 



The Case for the Christian School. B.C. Stark, 

Part It Biblical Foundations. 95il5f July 28, p. 1^-16. 
Fart 2 1 A Christian PhilosoiAiy of Education, 95«17i August 25, p. 4-8. 
Part 3: Conclusion. 95«22, October 20, p. 24-2?. 

Lanark. Spiritually Aglow. 95«5t February 24, p, 

Milledgeville. 95 «1, January 13, p. 22. 

Milledgeville, 95:6, March 10, p. 31. 

Bradenton, People Building New Work in Bradenton. 

Bradenton. Welcome Bradenton, 95«22, October 20, 

Sarasota. Hamel Begins 14th Year in Sarasota. 95«5» February 24, p. 

Sarasota. Others Still Need Him. 95:8, April 7i P. 28. 

Sarasota. 95:9, April 21, p. 13. 

Ardraore. 95 «6, March 10, p. 30, 

Burlington, 95:19, September 22, p, 29, 

Jefferson. 95:19, September 22, p. 24. 

Mexico. Easter Sunrise Services at Mexico, 95:12, June 2, p, 17, 

Muncie, 95:6, March 10, p, 30. 

Muncie, 95:l6, August 11, p. 25, 

Nappanee. 95:20, October 6, p, 26, 

Roanoke, 95:2, January 27, p. 31. 

Warsaw. 95:19, September 22, p. 25. 

Winding Waters. 95:1, January 13, P, 23, 

Derby. Derby Reaching Out. 95:23, November 3, p, 19, 

Falls City. 95:9, April 21, p. 12. 

Mulvane, 95:16, August 11, p. 26. 

Gratis. Dedication Day at Gratis. 95:3, February 10, p. 13, 

Louisville. Constitution Day. 95:22, October 20, p. 22, 

Newark, Mission Church Walks Alone. 95 a9, April 21, p. 24, 

North Georgetown. 95«24, November 17, p. 27, 

Bark St, 95»l6, August 11, p, 26, 

Park St, and Pleasant Hill, Evangelist Bud Travels North Again, 95:23, November 
3, p. 23. 

Smithville. Windows Tell the Story, 95:16, August 11, p, 27. 

Brush Valley, 95 i8, April 7, p. 31. 

Pittsburgh, Revival Meeting Held in Pittsburg, 95il4, June 30, p, 26. 

Pleasant View, 95il8, September 8, p. 31. 

Sergeantsville. 95t20, October 6, p. 27. 

Vinco, Mortgage Burning at Vinco, 95:8, April 7, p, 30, 

Wayne Heights. A Mission Church Becomes a Missionary Church, H, Bates, 95:2, 
January 27, p. 22-23. 

Wayne Heights. Highlights at Wayne Heights. 95:9, April 21, p. 12. 

Wayne Httights. 95:16, August 11, p. 26. 

Washington, D.C. Members on the Move, 95:25, December 1, p. 23. 

Tucson. 95:12, June 2, p. 17. 




History of the Corinth Brethren Chvirch. 95:2, January 27, p, '^-5, 

History of the First Brethren Church, Gratis, Ohio. 95:7, March 2^, p, 15-17. 

History of the First Brethren Church, Lanark, Illinois. 95:3, February 10, 
p. 15-18. 

History of the North Liberty, Indiana, Brethren Church, 95:18, September 8, 
p. 16-18, 

Cross Country Conference, 1973. 95:1, January 13, p. 30-31, 

America's Home Life Needs Refurbishing, A. Linkletter, 95:11, May 19, p. 8-11. 

Are You Concerned? G. Schuster, 95:25» December 1, p, 3, 

Calling Our Continent. 95:3, February 10, p. 3. 

Dominating or Domineering? G. Schuster. 95:19, September 22, p. 3. 

It's Our Business. (Reprint of 19^6 article), 95:5, February 24, p. 3. 

Need for Glad Tidings, The. M.V. Dodds. 95:26, December 15, p. 3, 

New Leaf, A. G. Schuster, 95:2, January 27, p. 3. 

Open the Door! G. Schuster. 95:1, Janviary 13, p. 3» 

Our Business Is to Spread the Word. M.W. Dodds, 95:8, April 7, p. 3» 

Shalom-Salaam-Greetings of Peace! Glenn Shank. 95:22, October 20, p. 3. 

The Truth of the Matter Is... G. Schuster. 95:7, March 2k, p. 3, 

TV-^ X-R-PG-or,G? G. Schuster. 95:10, ffey 5, p. 3. 

Go Ye Into All the World. R.L. Byron, 95:3, February 10, p. 8-10. 

International Congress on World EvangellaatlOn,,95 sS, April 7, p. 10-11. 

Need Some Ideas to Make Your Church Grow? 95:26, December 15, p. 16-17. 

Consuming Commitment, A. 95«18, September 8, p. 3« 

Go and Proclaim. 95:12, June 2, p. 3« 

Key '73. 95:23, November 3, P. 8-9. 

Key '73 - A Midyear Appraisal. C.F.H. Henry. 95:15, July 28, p, 3. 

Out From the Trash Heap. 95:7, March 24, p. 23. 

Outreach, 95:20, October 6, p. 3. 

Power of His Resurrection, The. 95 «5, February 24, p. 24. 

Sharpened Words. 95:3. February 10, p. 29-30, 

Strategy Seminar. 95:3, February 10, p. 31. 

America's Home Life Needs Refurbishing. A. Linkletter. 95«11, May 19, p. 8-11. 

Economics of Endemic Monolingual it is. The. D.N. Larson. 95:3, February 10, 
p. 22-23. 

How Could David Know. J.L. Fields. 95:9, April 21, p. 5. 

Piatt, John Wesley. V.-Ingraham, 95«6, March 10, p. 15. 

Sibert, Floyd. 95:2, January 27, p. H. 

Steiner, Judith Ann. P&uline Wlnfleld. 95:14, June 30, p. 5. 

Whitted, Nfeirgery Burns. Ida Lindower. 95il^,' Jun« 30, p. 11. 

Young, John T. 95:26, December 15, p. 13. 

Ministerial Student Aid. 95:11, May 19, p. 12-14. 

Kenneth Solomon Family in the U.S. 95:2, Janmry 27, p, 23. 



1972 Missionary Giving. 95«3i February 10, p. 4, 

Spotlight on Members of the Missionary Board, 95«15. July 28, p. 8-9, 95il6, 

August 11, p. l'*-15. 95«17, August 25, p. 22-23. 95»18, September 8, p, 22-23. 

95:19, September 22, p, 14-15, 95t20, October 6, p, 6-7. 
Aid to the National Church, When It Helps — When It Hinders, B.H. Kato, 

95:8, April 7, P. 2^-27. 
Give Up Your Small Ambitions, Excerpts from. 95«15, July 28, p, 11-12, 95«l6, 

August 11, p. 20. 95:17, August 25, p. 27. 95:18, September 8, p, 26, 

95:19, September 22, p. 16. 95:20, October 6, p. 11, 
Missing Link in Missionary Recruitment, The, H.R. Cook, 95:25, December 1, p, 11 
Mission Church Becomes a Missionary Church, A, H. Bates, 95:2, January 27, p. 22 
Missionary Emphasis Material, L, Baker, 95:1, January 13, p, 6, 
National Leadership and Missionary Preparation, F.W. Allen. 95:7, March 24, 

p. 18-20. 
Should You Be a Missionary? R. Wolff, 95:24, November 17, p. 9-11. 
Argentine Brethren Youth, The, 95:5, February 24, p, 12, 

Argentine W.M.S. Celebrates Its Sixth Annual Congress. 95:25, December 1, p, 10, 
Brethren Youth Report, A, Miranda, 95:18, September 8, p, 24, 
Glory of World Missions, The, J.C. Miranda, 95:7, March 24, p, 20-21. 
Latin America Visit, 95:24, November 17, p. 8, 
Letters From Listeners, 95:6, March 10, p. 13. 

Mini-Tornado Hits Eden Bible Institute. J.C. Miranda. 95:26, December 15, p, 14, 
Mirandas Now Living at Eden. 95:5, February 24, p. 12, 

Shifting Scenes for the Curtises, M.V. Ingraham. 95:22, October 20, p. 18, 
Update on Argentine Mobile Chapel, 95:5, February 24, p. I3, 
Visitors From Argentina. 95:26, December 15, p. 15. 

Are You Listening? 95:26, December 15, p. 17. 
Getting to Know Them. 95:22, October 20, p. 18-19. 
Girls' Sewing Group. 95:2, January 27, p. 24 
Helping Each Other Learn. 95:3, February 10, p. 6, 
Hey, There! 95:3, February 10, p. 6. 
Influences Unaware. 95:25, December 1, p. 13. 
Keeping Others in Mind. 95 «2, January 27, p. 24. 
Letting the Gifts Out. 95:24, November 17, p. 13. 
Search, The. 95:7, March 24, p. 21. 
Special Activities Day. 95:7, March 24, p. 21. 
There's Good Stuff in There, 95:1, January 13, p, 5, 
Worship Styles, 95:1, January 13, p. 6, 

Latin America Visit. 95:24, November 17, p, 8, 

New Venture of Faith — Columbia, South America — The Coffee Gentry, A.;'.-. 

95:5, February 24, p. 4-6. 
Prayer Request. 95:17, August 25, p. 26, 

Brethren Health Center In India, The, K.P. Kumar. 95 15, February 24, p. 8-9. 

From Darkness to Light. P. Eliah. 95:5, February 24, p. 11. 

Letter to the Editor, V.S. Devanandam. 95:12, June 2, p. 22. 

Letter to the Editor,, P. David, 95:24, November 17, p, 12, 

Mission Concerns for Youth. K.N. Prasanth. 95:6, March 10, p, 11. 

My Life In the Brethren Orphanage, S. Mandapalli, 95:5, February 24, p, 10, 

1973 India Missions Report, 95:19, September 22, p. 17-19. 95:20, October 6, 
p. 7-11. 


Prayer Tower at Indian Convention. 95:15, July 28, p. 10, 

Protective Care. 95«17» Angn»t 25, p. 25. 

The Trouble Is. V.S. Devanandam. 95j13, June 16, p. 10. 

Pictorial Report. 95:23, November 3, p. 16-1?, 

Critical Questions - Why? How? L. Bolinger. 95 t5, February 24, p. 7. 

Glory in Their Bosoms. 95«16, August 11, p. 16-1?. 

Journey — To Discovery! J. Guli. 95«10, May 5, p. k, 

Lardin Gabas: the View from Within. A. Kieffaber. 95:6, March 10, p. 12. 

More Nigerian Visitors. 95:9f April 21, p. 27-28. 

Nigerian Administrative Visit. M.V. Ingraham. 95:11, May 19, p. 16-19, 95:12, 
June 2, p. 18-20. 

Their First Book. 95:18, September 8, p. 25. 

Translation from Nigeria. R. Mohrlang. 95:1, January 13, p. 4. 

Baker, Larry R. 95:17t August 25, p. 21. 

Cole, Stephen. 95:26, December 15, p. 19» 

McConahey, Rex W. 95:22, October 20, p. 11. 

Oxenrlder, Jack L. 95il5, July 28, p. 27, 

Ross, William. 95:24, November 17, p. 7. 

In Acceptance Lies Peace. J*fi. Flora. 95:22, October 20, p. 8-9, 

Is There Justification in the Bible for War? V. Meyer. 95:22, October 20, p. 4-7, 

National Conference and Peace. J, Shultz. 95:22, October 20, p. 9. 

If We Don't Win, It's a Shame. D.B. Lockerbie. 95:5, February 24, p. 18-19. 

1973 — The End Was Not Yet. N.B. Bohrer. 95:26, December 15, p. 6-9. 

Retreat, Where Did It Start? J. Oxenrider, 95:25, December 1, p. 28-29. 

Retreat, What Is It? J. Oxenrider. 95:23, November 3, p. 6-7, 

Sin and Salvation. T.R. Rao. 95:10, May 5, p. 5. 

All Kinds of Shoes. B.H. Moore. 95:10, May 5, P. 22-23. 

In Christ: Patience, Onity, Praise, Evangelism, K.R. Howard. 95:19, 
September 22, p, 4-7. 

Little Child Shall Lead Them, A. J. Young. 95:12, June 2, p. 12-15. 

Pennsylvania District Moderator's Address. A.E. Gilmer. 95:18, September 8, 
p. 6-11. 

Praise the Lord. E.M. Keck. 95i23, November 3, p. 27-29. 

This Rock. A.T. Ronk. 95:15, July 28, p. 24-26. 

Urgency of Evangelism, The. M.W. Dodds. 95:l6, August 11, p. 6-9. 

World Relief Report. P. Lersch. 

95:1, January 13, p, 12-13. 95:2, January 27, p. 8-9. 95:3, Peluruary 10, p. 20-2 
95:5, February 24, p. 20, 95:6, March 10, p. 16-24. 95:7, March 24, p. 4^6. 
95:8, April 7, p. 8. 95:9, April 21, p. 20-21. 95:10, May 5, p. 20. 95:11, 
May 19, p. 24-25. 95:12, June 2, p. 11. 95:13, June 16, p. 30. 95:1^*, June 30, 
p. 22-23. 95:15, July 28, p. 4-5. 95:16, August 11, p. 22-23. 95:17, August 25i 

(p. 10-11. 95:20, October 6, p. 22-23. 95:22, October 20, p. 12-13. 95:24, 
November 17, p.. 20. 95:25, December 1, p. 22. 95:26, December I5, p, 20-21, 



Half a Service? B, Summy, 95«23, November 3, p. I3, 

I'm Not Going to Church Today! 95 «2, January 2?, p, 27-29. 

When Two Worlds Collide, J. Kesler. 95s 16, August 11, p. 10-12, 



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of next retirement center of The Brethren Church - Pennsylvania. 

January 13, 1973 

Page Three 


By the Way 





The last grain of sand has sifted through the aperture 
of the 1972 hour glass and ah-eady this time-piece has 
been turned over to record the passing of the ever 
fleeting moments of the year which has just begun. 

Granted, had some of the incidents wiiich occurred 
in 1972 been certain manufactured objects it would 
have been far better, to paraphrase one wag's way of 
stating it, if they were to have been recalled. 

Yet, we cannot spray a few pages of last year's diary 
with a certain disinfectant and make them disappear 
as the TV commercial portrays, but we can wrap the 
other pages with the ribbons of happy moments, of 
pleasant memories, the inspiration and good influence 
left to us as a legacy by certain individuals and events. 

A new lock has been installed on the door to 1973 
and the key has been entrusted to us to unlock the 
entrance to what can be a much different, a much 
better year. 

It is a most ungracious host who unlocks the door 
and then neglects to open it to warmly greet the invited 
guest. The key to the new lock was presented to the 
Christian world in 1972. Not as a symbolic 'key to the 
city' which has no practical function, but to unlock 
1973 and opening the door wide to call our continent 
to Christ. 

St. Louis, Missouri proudly displays the mammoth 
stainless steel arch named, The Gateway to the West. 
Key '73, were it literciUy to be considered a key infin- 
itesimally small compared to the gigantic engineering 
marvel, could well open the Gateway to Heaven. 

This program is definitely designed to do more than 
add some numerical figures to a statisHoal report. 

It could also halt the trend of giving a man a number 
on a perforated card and running him through an IBM 
machine periodically by re-instating him to the status 
originally reserved for him, that of a human being. 

The young people at EXPLO '72 opened the gate and 
swept the sidewalk and porch. If aU of Christianity is 
to call our continent to Christ there is one thing left to 
do. Open the door! 


Page Four 


The Brethren Evang:elist 


Pastor and translator 
John Guli 

The following is excerpted from a letter by Roger 
Mohrlang, working with Wycliffe Bible Translators 
where he announced that the last chapter of the first 
draft of the Higi New Testament liad been completed 
by John Guli. John has been assisted in his seminary 
training by the Brethren Church and the translation 
work is closely related to the literacy work being carried 
on by L^rry Bolinger. 

. . . As we sat out in the moonlight on the cool 
sand afterward, John shared with me the struggle 
he had had to see it through to the end, and what 
it liad cost him in the way of personal goals to do 
it — and we praised God together. Very few of 
the Cltristians here realize the thousands of hoitrs 
of hard work, sweat ayid perseverance that it's 
taken to bring it to completion. 

As we've tvorked together over the past four 
years, John and I have grown vei'y close together. 
To me, it's beautiful to see the effect these years 

have had on his life — the effect of thoiisands of 
hours of thinking on the deepest issues of life 
in tlie process of struggling to translate the Word 
of Christ into his own language. He's become 
strong through it, and the neiv strength is re- 
flected in his preaching . . . he shared with me 
how strongly he had been impressed by the life 
of Paid and by the ultimate claims of God on 
his own life, as he had sat at the translation 
table. . . 

And so we push ahead on the manuscript of the 
next-to-last typing of the Neiv Testament, foi 
the final polishing and checking. It's great to 
feel that we're running down the last lap. We're 
encouraged that more and more of the Christians 
are becoming fluent in reading Higi as they join 
in the work of checking the translation. Johh 
and I smile to ourselves as tve see thetn readinc, 
and enjoying the translation, knowing the effect 
that it can have on their lives — jv^t as it's hac 
an effect on our own lives as ive've tvorked on /i 
over the past four years. 

January 13, 1973 

Page Five 


A Home Mission MinislHj in Si. Pelerskfj, Florid} 
'*^ ^ Repcfters: © 

^ A Phil S Jean Leneh '¥^ 

-*( "i^ Bonnie Manson V i- ^ 


One day after school, as the door to Brethren House 
swung open, we heard one young boy outside yell to 
his buddy. And these were his exact words — "There's 
good stuff in there." 

This was during Thanksgiving week, and the "good 
stuff" inside included the following: 

(1) Original Thanksgiving Stories — written, tape- 
recorded, and illustrated in a booklet by girls 
from the neighborhood. 

(2) Tape-recorded narration of book entitled, "The 
Happy Feeling of Thank You." 

(3) Tape recording of the Bible Story about the Ten 
Lepers who were healed by Jesus, with only one 
returning to thsink Him (Luke 17:11-19). 

(4) Crait table with supplies for making a Place 
Card for every person to be present at the fam- 
ily's Thanksgiving table. Each carried the mes- 
sage, "God Never Stops Giving." 

(5) A Wall Mural, upon which each child could draw 
a picture of something we can see that we are 
thankful for. 

(6) A Thanksgiving List (on the wall), upon which 
each chUd could write a word suggesting some- 
thing we cannot see that we are thankful for. 

(7) Flannelgraph Story of the "Ten Healed Lepers," 
which could be manipulated by any child who 
learned the story. 

(8) Tape-recording of the hymn, "I Thank Thee Lord, 
for Strength of Arm," which could be listened to 
with a headset. 

<9i A Pocket Chart, upon which the words to the 
hymn could be arranged in proper sequence. 

The chOdren were free to engage in any activity on 
the list, and repeat each one as often as they pleased. 
Every time a child completed a task he was permitted 
to place a small styrofoam circle on a dowel rod mount- 
ed in a styrofoam base. 

The "visible goal" was to see how many dowels we 
could fill up by working together on the activities. One 
"invisible goal" was to engulf each child in a variety 
of worthwhile learning activities related to Thanks- 
giving. Another was to help him catch the spirit of 
working together toward the visible goal of fUUng-up 
the dowel rods. There was no recognition of individuEd 
achievement; the only record kept was what the group 
did as a whole. 

One other week this fall group effort was recognized 
by allowing each child to put a kidney bean in a jar 
every time he finished a task. While gettmg excited 
about filling the jar with beans, many were involved 
in input and self-expression through the learning activi- 
ties available in various comers. 

The usual pattern on weekdays at Brethren House 
is to acknowledge individual advancement on the 
Progress Chart. But occasionally this idea of working 
together deserves demonstration and recognition — 
I'egardless of who gets the credit. 


Page Six 

The Brethren Evangelist 


Everybody knows that each person is different. 

This fact is not new, but some new trends are emerg- 
ing based on this fact. 

One trend is "individualization." Because people are 
different, their needs can best be met in different ways. 
At least we have found this to be true at Brethren 
House worship services. Granted, a separate worship 
service can't be planned for every individual. But some 
people seem to respond to opportunities for worship 
in a rather traditional structured setting. Others need 
a freer, more informal setting with innovative media. 

So, on October 1, we changed the format of Sunday 
morning activities at Brethren House to try to meet 
personal needs more effectively. At 9:15 those who 
desire the more formal, structured worship service 
gather for the offering, message, and special music. 
Then, at 10:15, these adults move to the parsonage to 
engage in individualized study of various aspects of the 
Bible and Christian living — as well as occasional teacher- 
led classes. 

Back at Brethren House, about 10:30, children of the 
community come for the individually-paced learning 
activities that suit each one's style of learning. Some- 
times these activities are geared for complete self- 
pacing; at other times, teams are paired for greater 
enabling in learning. Even in this method of learning 
there ai-e differences of need. Some work better alone, 
feeling less threatened. Others need the support of a 
team member. So we try to tailor the methods to the 
needs and capabilities. 

At 11:30 those who have been following their individ- 
ual or team pursuits of learning are called together, 
usually by the autoharp, for 30 minutes of corporate 
worship. Occasionally adults who have been studying at 

the parsonage join to help or observe this less-formal 
worship experience. 

Because understanding of the reasons for engaging 
in certain worship activities is lacking in some of the 
children who attend, participation is planned to teach 
the meaning and means of worship. Small groups have 
together considered the question— WHAT HELPS YOU 
THINK ABOUT GOD? The suggestions that evolved 
from this discussion provided some of the format for 
the following Sunday worship activities. 

At another session small groups were given the as- 
signment of writing their own version of Psalm 100:5. 
("The Lord is good; his love lasts forever, and his 
faithfulness for all time." TEV) Here is the result of 
that effort which was tape-recorded and used for the 
following Sunday morning Call to Worship: 

"The wonderful, forgiving mercy of the Lord 

is super-terrific. 
If you don't love God, He still loves you. 
His love never stops. 
His love keeps on going, 
His love never stops. 

God's truth stays from now on till the end 
of everything." 
The Sunday before Thanksgiving, after the youngest 
class had explored the account of the Ten Lepers, the 
group involved themselves in the enactment of this 
parable of Jesus by assuming roles in the story. This 
was spontaneous, directed simply by the pastor. 

Although we have not increased Sunday morning 
attendance notably, we do feel that we are better meet- 
ing the needs of those who do come by this means of 
providing different styles of worship. 



by Larry Baker 


I would suggest A Successful 3Iissionary Program in 
Your Church by Rev. WilMs E. Garrett be read by every 
pastor and missionary committee member in the local 

It is a short, concise statement of the pui'pose for 
mission emphasis, the duties of the mission committee 
and its orgemization, and the preparations necessary for 
a successful missionary' conference. It emphasizes thei 
fact that mission emphasis is an all year program. It 
offers suggestions on how to support missionaries ir 
prayer, financially, and on special occasions. 

This book, also, contains very good job description; 
of the duties of the missionary committee during thf 
year and whUe arranging an annual missionary com 
ference. In fact, parts of this book could be used as i 
check list for tlie readiness of a missionary^ conference 
and the greatest thing about the book is that it onlj 
costs twenty five cents or five for a dollar from: Bad 
to the Bible Broadcast, Box 82808, Lincoln, Nebrask: 

January 13, 1973 

Page Seven 



ATLANTA (EP)— The Middle East tension, increas- 
ing moral permissiveness, tlie emergency of Iran and 
the wide-ranging extent of knowledge and travel were 
seen by Evangelist BiUy Graliam as signs that the 
Lord's coming is near. 

In his first press conference since returning from a 
crusade in India the evangelist reported on his Naga- 
land crusade in North India, on visits witli India's 
Prime Minister, and on major engagements overseas 
in 1973. 

In New Delhi Dr. Graham said he discussed the mis- 
sionary situation in India with Prime Minister Indira 
Ghandi and believed the situation there was better. He 
told the head of state that most mission boards specific- 
ally instructed their overseas representatives to stay 
out of politics in the host country. India lias banned 
some missionaries on charges of subversive political 
activity. The evangelist said government authorities 
assured him the situation had improved. 

Evangelist Graham in his report commended Presi- 
dent Nixon for appointing Daniel P. Moynihan as am- 
bassador to India and told repoirters the Chief Executive 
"could not have chosen a man more capable to repre- 
sent the U.S. in the world's sixth largest country." 

Asl^ed about his visit to the Shah of Iran, the evan- 
gelist said he stopped in Teheran in response to a long- 
standing invitation. He noted that he discussed biblical 
prophecy about Persia with tlie Shah and found him to 
be "one of the most knowledgeable leaders I have met." 

In 1973 the evangelist said he expects to participate in 
a Soutli African regional congress on evangelism pro- 
vided black and white speakers and delegates be housed 
together, eat together, and sit together in the meetings. 
After reaffirming his opposition to apartheid, he told 
reporters he was not going to South Africa for a 
poUtical or social purpose but simply to proclaim the 
Gospel of Christ. 

What would he do if the promise of integrated facil- 
ities had not been fulfilled when he arrived in South 
Africa? "I'd probably go play golf with Gary Player," 
Dr. Graham said. 

His other major overseas commitment next year is 
a series of crusades in Korea with the final meetings 
in the capital of Seoul (which, he said, may be the 
largest of his career), and participaition in SPREE 73 
(London's "Spiritual Re-emphasis" outreach) the last 
week in August where some 25,000 youth are expected. 


SACRAMENTO (EP)— A crucial vote defeated a 
j three-year battle to insert the reUgious theory of Crea- 
tion in Cahfomia science textbooks to counterbalance 
scientific evolution. 
Members of the Board of Education pushing the 
j Creation theory were unable to muster the necessary 
votes among colleagues, which may signal their final 
I defeat on the controversial issue. 

The committee of the board was created to revise 
I textbooks which were formally adopted by the board 
I without any mention of Creation. The boiard spht over 
; whether the revisions would include inserting Creation 
i alongside the evolution theory in the textbooks for 
I California school children. The committee is expected 
I to report back to the board in January or February, 
and at that time, board members could reverse them- 
selves and put in the Creation theory if the majority 
can agree. 

This action marks the first time that a state board 
has injected itself in the writing of textbooks, but with- 

out a mandate to make changes on Creation and evolu- 
tion, the revisions will amount to little more than rou- 
tine editing for grammar and fact. 

Church reaction was mixed. Spokesmen for the so- 
called mainline churches felt that the Bible story of 
Creation should not be taken on the same level as the 
scientific event. 

However, evangelical Protestants felt strongly the 
evolutionist's theory should be balanced by the Crea- 
tion account. 

"In all fairness," the Rev. Harold Fickett said, "I be- 
lieve people should be presented both sides." The pastor 
of Van Nuys Baptist Church continued: "I feel they've 
been teaching evolution pretty dogmatically eis being 
the origin of man, and they've given no other possi- 

Catholics, Jews, Mormons and a variety of sect leaders 
stood with him in the struggle. Dr. David A. Hubbard, 
Fuller Theological Seminary president in Pasadena, who 
was involved in committee work on the question for 
the state Board of Education, said he personally found 
the "philosophical speculation of evolutionists far less 
credible than the Creation account." 

Page Eight 

The Brethren Evangelist 

World Religious News 





Harrisburg, Pa. (EP) — A strict 
anti-abortion bill passed the Penn- 
sylvania Senate 39-9, outlawing all 
abortions unless a woman might die 
from continued pregnancy. 

The measure, which would place 
this state's abortion law among the 
nation's most restrictive, was sent 
back to the House for concurrence 
on an amendment. The House 
passed the bill in June, 157-34. 

The Senate wiped out a provision 
it had approved the day before that 
would have permitted abortions in 
pregnancies resulting from rape or 


HoUywood, Fla, (EP)— The 12- 
month evangelistic effort known as 
Key 73, scheduled to begin in Jan- 
uary, "could well become an historic 
turning point in relations between 
Evangelical Christians and Jews of 
the magnitude of Vatican Council II, 
provided it is used as an opportunity 
to clarify Christian recognition of 
Jews and Judaism as valid sources 
of truth rather than as objects of 
conversion," Rabbi Marc H. Tan- 
enbaum, National Director of Inter- 
religious Affairs for the American 
Jewish Committee, declared today. 

Key '73, he explained to the agen- 
cy's top policy-making National 
Executive Council ending its annual 
meeting at the Diplomat Hotel here, 
has been planned as a nation-wide 
campaign involving more than 130 
Evangelical, mainline Protestant, 
and Catholic denominations, church 
bodies and pa ra -ecclesias tical 
groups, using all forms of mass 
media as well as personal persuasion 
to "call the Continent to Christ." 

Rabbi Tanenbaum characterized 
the movement as the latest evidence 
of a growing evangelistic thrust that 
has been taking place in the U.S. 

over the past few years, and that 
has been shown previously in such 
movements as Campus Crusade for 
Christ, Inter- Varsity Fellowship, 
Jesus Freaks, and Jews for Jesus. 

Rabbi Tanenbaum made his re- 
marks in the course of a panel dis- 
cussion on the implications for 
American Jews and Judaism of the 
increasing momentum of evangel- 
istic activity. Other members of the 
panel were Dr. Eric Meyers, Pro- 
fessor of Religion at Duke Univer- 
sity, amd Rabbi Steven Shaw, Di- 
rector of the Hillel Foundation at 
Rutgers University. 


Washington, D.C. (EP) A num- 
ber of high-ranking government 
officials wiU give talks at the annual 
Washington Leadership Briefing, 
Jan. 8-12, sponsored by the National 
Association of Evangelicals. 

The program will include a brief- 
ing at the U.S. Supreme Court by 
Justice Byron R. White and at the 
Pentagon by Army Chieif of Chap- 
Icdns Gerhardt Hyatt and Dr. John 
Broger, director of the Office of 
Information for the Armed Forces. 

There will also be sessions with 
the Department of State, Depart- 
ment of Labor, Department of 
Health, Education and Welfare, the 
Federal Bureau of Investigation, the 
Immigration and Naturalization Ser- 
vice, the White House, and repre- 
sentatives of the Washinigton press 

Dr. Clyde W. Taylor, director of 
the NAE's Washington office, told 
participants in a preparatory mem- 

"Your reactions are very impor- 
tant to the government personnel 
that you will be exposed to because 
you are part of a unique group — 
interested in issues because they are 
right, not because you stand to prof- 
it. This is a novelty in Washington. 


Jos, Nigeria (EP) — A survey of 
African secondary and university 
students taken by editors of Africa 
Now, published by the Sudan Inter- 
ior Mission, showed that most Afri- 
can students favor retention of the 
death penalty, oppose abortiom on 
demand, and favor the legal prohibi- 
tion of the non-medical use of drugs. 

Opinion was fairly evenly divided 
on the question of capital punish- 
ment: 50 per cent said it should not 
be abolished; 8:3 per cent were un- 
decided; 41.5 per cent said it should 
be abolished. 

A strong majority, 71 per cent, 
said the law should prohibit the non- 
medical use of drugs; 23.5 per cent 
said no; 5.3 per cent were undecided. 

The survey also showed that 75 
per cent said homosexuality was 
wrong; 51 per cent said there should 
be no legal restriction of porno- 
graphic publications and films; 73 
per cent said it was wrong for them 
to cheat on examinations. 




Wasliington, D.C. (EP) — Speak- 
ing for the Authors League, Herman 
Wouk testified here before the 
House Subcommittee on Postal that 
he coinsidered proposed rate in- 
creases by the Postal Service "one 
of the greatest threats to freedom 
of communication ever faced by this 

"A sort of national town meeting 
goes on and on in the second-class 
mail system," Wouk said. "This 
intercommunication of groups, made 
possible by the journals mailed 
under second-class rates, this dis- 
cussion of ideas, can go on only be- 
cause Congress in its wisdom long 
ago made these second-class rates 
low; made, in effect, a subsidy so 
that this process could go on greatly 
to the glory of our national culture." 

The award-winning author said he 
knew of nothing else in American 
experience that equals this national 
town meeting of the periodicals 
circulated by the second-class mail. 

January 13, 1973 

Page NJne 





National BCE Administrative Expenses $3,000.00 

National BYC Projects 4,000.00 

For a Worship Center at Brethren Care, Inc., 

the new Brethren Home located in Ashland . .$1,400.00 
For travel assistance for delegates to 1974 Nat. 
BYC Convention from 6 western churches 
(Lathrop, Manteca, and Stockton, CA; 
Papago Park and Tucson, AZ; and Chey- 
enne, WY) 600.00 

For 1974 Summer Crusader Program 2,000.00 

National BYC Council Travel Expenses (73-74) 700.00 

Special Programs 200.00 

Project Promotion 50.00 

TOTAL $7,950.00 

In order to think restLLsticailly about youth work 
denominationally, we must face up to the need for 
leadership. The General Conference has assigned to 
the Board of Christian Education, as one of its functions, 
the responsibility for designing, promoting, and ad- 
ministering the denominational BYC program. 

During the 1969 National BYC Convention, the youth 
set aside the first $3,000.00 of their financial budget 
to be given to the National BCE. This precedent has 
been continued and is now in its fourth year. The Board 
applies this yearly financial commitment to partially 
meet the costs of operating the BYC ministry, which 
includes the National BYC Convention; the National 
BYC Council; the Morning- Star (National BYC news- 
paper) ; the soon-to-be-announced revised program for 
Life Work Recruits; leadership training workshops; 
general office, mailing, and travel expenses; and staff 
salaries (for time applied to the youth program). 

The National Board of Christian Education gratefully 
acknowledges the interest of the youth in bearing part 
of the financial burden of operating the denominational 
BYC ministry. Conitinue to work now, during the winter 
months, toward a goal of $10 per local member for the 
August Ingathering. 

Pag-e Ten The Brethren Evangelist 


An effective Christian education program in thie local church requires trained 
leadership. We hope that many Sunday School supei-intendents are conducting 
monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly workshops with their teachers. (Teach magazine, 
pubUshed quarterly by Gospel Light and available from the Brethren Bookstores 
for 75<! per copy, contains suggested workshop material for local churches.) In 
addition, your BYC sponsors should meet periodically to enrich their ministry with 

Following are some audio-visual items which will turn the winter months into 
a growing experience for these workers in your church. See the AUDIO-VISUAL 
GUIDE for ordering procedure. 

For the Teacher 

50 minutes; rental — $1.00. This cassette is excellent for motivating peo- 
ple to teach. Dr. Hendricks, of Dallas Theological Seminary, uses Acts 
8 as basis for this discussion. 

KNOW YOUR CHILD Series (8) ; rental— $1.00 each or $6.00 for entire series. This 
series presents the mental, physical, and spiritual growth and differences of the 
various age groups. 

SOURCES OF TRUTH— 12 mmutes. 







THE CHALLENGE— 12 mmutes. 

SUCCESSFUL TEACHING Series (8) ; rental $1.00 each or $6.00 for entire series. 
This series, presenting the principles of successful Sunday School teaching, is a 
classic for sound teacher treuning. 

THE TEACHER— 12 minutes. 

THE PUPII 12 minutes. 

THE LANGUAGE— 12 minutes. 

THE LESSON— 12 minutes. 




THE FINAL TEST— 12 minutes. 

For the BYC Sponsor 

PLANNING BETTER YOUTH MEETINGS Series (4); rental— $1.00 each or $3.00 
for entire series. A series of practical "how-to" filmstrips presenting proven, suc- 
cessful ways of planning and conducting better church youth meetings 
FS-T701 I. PLANNING FOR WORSHIP— 11 minutes. 


$1.00 each or $4.50 for entire series. Y.E.S., produced in 1972, is a new training course 
for recruiting and supporting church youth leadership. Your pastor, minister of 
Christian Education, and each present and perspective youth sponsor should listen 
to, and interact with, these cassettes— it will affect your entire youth ministry. The 
series incorporates interviews with pastors and youth leaders from across the 

































January 13, 1973 

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country. Periodic pauses in the cassettes allow for interaction among those listen- 
ing. (NOTE: Each listener to this series should have a listening guide, available 
from the BCE for 800 each.) 




















CS-T714 IV. 







In an attempt to agaiin assist you in promoting the 
National BYC Financial Budget in your local and dis- 
trict BYC, the Board of Christian Education, through 
its AUDIO-VISUAL DEPT., is preparing a 36-sUde pro- 
gram on the Budget. The slide set, to be accompanied 
by tape narration, wUl cover each of the areas of the 
Budget and conclude with a challenge to commitment. 
This presentation, designated SL-P105, is recommended 
for use in either your local or district BYC meetings. 

To reserve a date for showing this promotional slide 
set, fill out the blank below (or a reasonable facsimile) 
and send it today to: AUDIO-VISUAL DEPT., Board of 
Christian Education, 524 CoUege Avenue, Ashland, OH 
44805. This item wiU be rented free of charge. Please 
order one month prior to the earliest showing date 

Please reserve SL-P105, the promotional slide set for the National BYC Finan- 
cial Budget, for us on one of the following dates: 

First Choice 

Second Choice 

Third Choice 

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Page Twelve 

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by Phil Lersch, Chairman 
Brethren World Relief Committee 

In April 1972, Pastor Lersch and John, his son, represented the Breth- 
ren Church on a three-week tour of six countries in Southeast Asia — spon- 
sored by the World Relief Commission of the National Association of 
Evangelicals. This is the FIFTH in a series of reports to the denomina- 
tion about the trip. W.R.C. is the evangelical relief agency through which 
Brethren World Relief monies are channeled. 



The World Relief Commission KOREAN 
GIRLS' CHOIR singing outside the air terminal 
near Seoul. 

I wish, through some electronic miracle, you could 
press your ear against the printing on this page and 
hear ten teenage Korean orphan girls sing — as they 
did when we emerged from the terminal after our jet 
had landed outside Seoul, Korea. 

The girls, ranging in age from 13 to 18, were from 
a W.R.C. orphanage. No one told us what to expect 
when we landed. No one told us they would be there. 
But as we flowed through Customs inspection and into 
the main airport lobby, it didn't take long to be 

Every member of our tour group received a "Welcome 
to Korea" label pin and a bouquet of beautiful flowers 
from one of the young ladies. Then they assembled in 

front of the terminal, with guitar accompaniment, t< 
serenade us. With automobile and bus horns blaring 
occasionally in the background, first there was a populai 
Korean folk sang. Then, "He's Everything To Me," fol 
lowed by lighter numbers — including "Comin' Rounc 
the Mountain." 

Not only did they smg several minutes for us, am 
the crowd that soon gathered, outside the airport term 
inal, but also on the bus as we traveled the 14 miles 
from Kimpo International Airport to our Tokjoi Hole 
in the hesirt of Seoul. This hotel is located near th< 
South Gate — one of two gates remaining from th( 
original four that were a part of the 22 miles of wal 
around the city of Seoul in pcist yecurs. Only traces o; 

Januaiy 13, 1973 

Page Thirteen 

the wall can still be seen weaving up a distant moun- 
tain side. The South Gate, the most historic of the 
origilnial four, was built 600 years ago. 

"Tour Guide" for this jaunt was Rev. Elmer Kil- 
bourne, who has now lived over 50 years in Korea — 
where his father started the work of the Oriental Mission 
Society there 65 years ago. He has worked closely with 
W.R.C. in establishing the many relief and aid pro- 
grams in Korea since 1952. 

As we traveled Dr. Kilbourne pointed out the World 
Vision Children's Hospital, the Home of the World 
Vision Children's Choir, the new site for an O.M.S. 
Seminary, the Church of Christ Headquarters, routes 
of evacuation when the Communists first attacked at 
the start of the Korean War, the Ncizarene compound — 
plus many other significant sites. 

Two manuments were located near each other — one 
a Monument to the War Dead; another to Catholic 
martyrs who were thrown into the river 100 years ago. 
In the same locality was a 100-year-old Missionary 
Cemetery, where God's servants have been buried — 
both adults and chUdren. Sample epitaphs are: 
"If I had a thousand lives to give, Korea 

should have them all," and 
"I'd rather be buried in Korea than in 
Westmins'ter Abbey." 

Seoul was S57c destroyed during the early months 
of the Korean War, as the Communists and allied troops 
each took the city twice. Dr. Kilbourne lias crossed the 
city when there weren't 6 people to be seen. Now there 
are 6 million people in Seoul. Two years after the war 
Seoul was all cleaned up and the rebuilding is contin- 
uing to the present. 

At one time the World Relief Commission was feed- 
ing thousands of people living- in the river basin on 
sand bars. But, because the river consistently flooded 
every summer, they were evacuated to a bet:ter location. 

There are over 1,000 churches in Seoul — from small 

mission groups to the largest Presbyterian Church in 
the world (which we visited) with 14,000 members. This 
church began as a refugee church from North Korea. 
Now there are 7,500 attending the three worship ser- 
vices each Sunday morning, creating the biggest traffic 
jam in the city. All this in a country that is only 107o 
Christian. Others are Buddhism, Confucianism, and 
Shamanism (spirit worship). We are told that, next to 
the U.S., there are more Christians In church on Sunday 
morning in Korea than in any other country in the 
world. Total population is 32 million. 

The Oriental Missionary Society has over 25,000 stu- 
dents in Seoul in their high schools, including 7,000 
boys in one school and 3,000 girls in another. 

The Koreans are an artistic and creative people, 
throughout a history that is over 4,400 years old. They 
invented an iron-clad boat, long before the Merrimac 
and the Monitor in our country. They also invented the 
printing press. By the end of 1973, a new 6-mile subway 
will be operating. 

Although 50 years ago women were not seen on the 
streets in Korea, now they are and have taken places 
of leadership — including the Parliament. 

All of this background information was helpful to 
us, and hopefully will be to you, in understanding the 
importance of what W.R.C. has been doing in Korea 
for several years. 

(Next — Visit a Baby Home, a School for Deaf, and 
a School for Blind.) 

St. Petersburg, Florida 

/?! the World Relief Reports published in the 
December 2 and December 16 issues the accom- 
pa-nyiiig photographs were inadvertedly trans- 
posed. Our apologies to the World Relief Com- 
mittee and to Rev. Phil Lersch for this error. 
(Editor's note) 






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PROVIDE Brethren Care 

Will U 

Doors are open at Brethren Care, Ashland, Ohio 

Forty people are enjoying residency in the beautiful 
surroundings and home-like atmosphere of Brethren 
Care . . . because we have cared enough to provide 
this newest completed facUity sponsored by The 
Benevolent Board. There is still room for you or yours 
to share in life at Brethren Care. 

And when we say LIFE, that is just what we mean. 
Activities are abundant at the Center. A typical week 
might include these events: 
— Game Night - with such table games as Bingo, 

checkers. Aggravation and scores of others. 
— Book Night - when someone comes to talk about 

books, read or review them. 
— Prayer Meeting - prayer service and discussion is 

— Crafts - to make door decorations for residents, 
seed pictures, paint, create candlesticks and many 
such handwork projects. 
— Music - usually one night a week, a program of 
music is presented. In addition, individuals come 
in at various times to play the beautiful new piano 
donated to Brethren Care for the resident's listen- 
ing enjoyment. During the Christmas season, a 
number of groups came to carol also. 
— Movies, Slides and Filmstrips - are presented once 
a week covering all kinds of subjects and ranging 
all over the world in scenery. 

In addition to these group activities, volunteers come 
in to read to those who cannot see well, help them wTite 
letters, visit and aid in individual projects. Someone is 
always working on a jigsaw puzzle or two and has to 
be urged across the room to the dining tables. 

Dining at Brethren Care is like eating at an Italian 
Mall with a huge skylight overhead and an outdoor 
decor in the large lounge and dining ai-ea. Large plants 
and smcill trees adorn the area. 

With all these things (and more), you also have a 
skilled nursing staff at hand when help is needed. Miss 
Marjorie Feth is the Director of Nursing and is highly 
qualified after serving 24 years at Samiaritan Hospital 
here in Ashland as nurse and teacher and Director of 
the School of Nursing. There is 24 hour nursing ciire 
available for those who require it. 

The Administrator of Brethren Care is Mr. Lenny E. 
Seaman who is licensed, qualified ajid experienced in 
this field after thirty years in public health field. He 
took additional training for this jMDsition at Bowling 
Green State University and completed six months of 
on-the-field training at Otterbein Homes at Lebanon, 

Three apartments on the walk-out level also add to the ' 
LIFE of Brethren Care. One apartment is a two bed- 
room unit and the other two are one bedroom apart- ' 
ments. All are roomy and well appointed with large 
sliding glass doors looking out over the hillside and 
creek below. The apartments are designed for the active 
retiree and ai-e available on the Life Use Contract Plan. | 
(See the next page for detaUs on the Life Use Contract 
Plan. ) 

Open doors at Brethren Care have been provided by 
The Benevolent Board and YOU . . . because we care 
enough to provide quality care for the retiree, handi- 
capped and elderly. 

If you are in need of care (or even if you aren't), 
come and see Brethren Care. Our doors are open and 
you are always welcome! 

20(X) Center Street 
Ashland, Ohio 44805 
Phone: 419-322-1596. 
(P.S. Costs range from $10-$23 per day depending on 
the type of care required.) 

Januaiy 13, 1973 

Page Fifteen 


CONSTRUCT Retirement Apartments 


Artist's co7icept of the new College Avenue Retlremeyit 
Apartments, Ashland, Ohio 

Construction is underway (as you can see in the 
photo above) for the newest venture of The Benevolent 
Board ... a nine unit apartment building on College 
Avenue in Ashland. The site is located at 230 College 
Avenue and is adjacent to the Park Street Church 

There are five one bedroom apartments and four two 
bedroom apartments in the unit plus a room for storage 
and laundry facihties. A covered maill-walkway featur- 
ing plants and stones and cement WEdks runs down the 
center between the two sections of the structure. Car- 
ports and some garage space is provided at the back 
of the apartment building. 

The one floor design is especially appealing for the 
retiree who will be living in the apartments. Large 
glass windows cover the front wall of each unit which 
is air conditioned and well appointed. 

Each apartment will be furnished with refrigerator, 
range, disposal and carpet. A liberal amount of cup- 
board and closet space is designed. You furnish your 
living space with your own favorite furniture. A coin 
operated laundry is provided or you can have the option 
of putting in your own washer and dryer in a storage 
area next to the bathroom. 

This is a pilot project for similar units to be built 
on the Brethren Care site and at Flora, Indiana as 
needs demand it. 
The apartments are available on several plans: 
*"LIFE USE PLAN" — Construction is possible 
through the modest "Life Use Plan" by which a 
resident is requested to provide a portion of the 
cost of one apartment and is assured life tenancy 
or as long as the resident desires. Should a resi- 
dent decide to withdraw, or should health require 
nursing care in the Health Center, a proportionate 
refund will be given, or credit given for nursing 
care. Refunds will be proportioned up to ten years 
of residency (107o depreciation per year). Residents 
moving to the residential care area or the Health 
Center would receive proportionate credit on his 
cost of care. 
A "comprehensive fee" is charged monthly to 

all residents on the "Life Use Plan." This fee is a 
fair share of the cost of operation and upkeep at 
present levels. The fee is adjusted annually to the 
actual cost of efficient operation. When a resident 
enters our retirement facility under the "Life Use 
Plan," The Benevolent Board will feel obligated to 
continue to give care even if his funds are exhaust- 
ed, providing he has made a financial statement 
upon entering. The monthly comprehensive fee 
provides these services: 
— Apartment upkeep 
— Grounds upkeep 

— Utilities: water, sewage, trash pickup and snow 
removal. Resident pays his own electric as 
each apartment is metered separately to re- 
ceive a cheaper rate. Apartments are totally 
— Laundry and service area equipped with coin- 
operated washer and dryer. 
— Nursing Service. Comprehensive fee covers 20 
days of care in the Health Center each year. 
Also included are emergency calls in the 
*LOAN PLAN — ^you loan the cost of construction 
to The Benevolent Board, pay the monthly oorn- 
prehensive fee, and can get back your investment 
in total when you leave, or it can go to your estate 
or The Benevolent Board as designated. The Life 
Use Plan with its medical advantages are not avail- 
able unless an extra fee is paid to cover it. 
*MONTHLY RENTAL PLAN— you can rent the 
apartments by paying the monthly comprehensive 
fee plus the monthly cost of mortgage and interest 
which makes the rental much higher but does not 
require an original investment. 
For further information: 

2000 Center Street 
Ashland, Ohio 44805 
Phone: 419-325-1616 
(P.S. Anticipated completion date: June, 1973. COME 

Pag-e Sixteen 

The Brethren Evangelist 


SUSTAIN The Brethren's Home 

New facility at The Brethren's Home, Flora, Indiana, completed in 1968 

Would you believe that The Benevolent Board of 
The Brethren Church (and thus you) has sustained 
The Brethren's Home of Indiaina through the years for 
a total of over $202,000.00? Well, it's true! $202,306.67 
has been invested in The Brethren's Home at Flora, 
Indiana by The Benevolent Board. This money has 
helped provide and maintain the facilities and provide 
care for those who did not have funds. In 1972 alone, 
over $75,000 in benevolent care has been given to those 
who could not sustain themselves financially. 

Besides these investments by The Benevolent Board, 
other funds have been received at the Home and individ- 
uals have invested personal funds in the work of The 
Brethren Home. 

Striking changes have occured at Flora which is the 
oldest benevolent works of The Brethren Church. The 
Brethren Home opened its doors on May 29, 1923. Forty 
acres of land at Flora, Indiana provides the setting 
for the Home which was later enlarged by adding in- 
dividual cottages around the original building. 

A growing need for better faciUties to provide quality 
care led to a new addition at Flora which was dedicated 
on May 5, 1968. The new one story structure provides 
40 beds for nursing and residential care. The original 
building is to be rennovated and made into retirement 
apartments available on the Life Use Plan (see the 
previous page for details of this Plan. 

The great need for nursing home facilities is evidenced 
by the demand for such care and the Director's of The 
Brethren's Home recommended that preliminary plans 
be made for a 20 room addition at their meeting on 
November 11, 1972. The new addition would house all 
those requiring nursing care and the present new struc- 
ture would be entirely residential. 

But all the changes at Flora have not been in build- 
ings! Personnel has changed also. When Rev. Robert 

Bischof had to resign as Administrator, due to his 
health, the search began for a new Administrator, j 
Dorman Ronk, Executive Secretary of The Benevolent ! 
Board recalled that tucked away in Georgia was a man i 
who had expressed an interest in serving The Brethren '. 
Church in some way. The call went out to Gene Geaslen 
(formerly of the Hagerstown, Md. Brethren Church and ' 
then of the Washington, D.C. Brethren Church, Ashland ! 
College graduate and experienced business man) and 
his family to go to Flora. Gene accepted the position ' 
of Business Manager and his college training and re- 1 
cent experience in business and accounting gives him 
an excellent background for the work. Gene will serve 
as Administrator when he completes the required train- 
ing in Indiana. 

The State of Indiana requires that a Uoensed Admin- 
istrator head such a facUity and so the services of Mrs. 
Rosemary Eddy were acquired. 

These two new people in administration plus the new 
head nurse, Mrs. Leida M. Thomas who is Director of 
Nursing, have added a lot to the life of The Brethren's 

Through the years The Benevolent Board (and thus 
you) has sustained The Brethren's Home of Indiana. 
We shall continue to do so even as we branch out into 
new areas of service. 

For further information on being a part of LIFE at 
Flora : 

Rt. 2, Box 97 
Flora, Indiana 46929 
Phone: 219-967-3783 
(P.S. Come and see us! Come and share LIFE 
with us!) 

January 13, 1973 

Page Seventeen 


BUILD Housing for the Elderly 

Architect's concept of the Center Street apartments 
for elderly housing, Ashland, Ohio 

Another new venture is about to begin in Ashland, 
Ohio because The Benevolent Board of The Brethren 
Church cares about the needs of the elderly. 

There is a need in the Ashland community for housing 
for the elderly who are stiU active and able to care for 
themselves and it needs to be low cost housing. 

Through the efforts of Ronk, Executive Sec- 
retary of The Benevolent Board and Jack Holland, 
Architect who designed our Brethren Care facility, a 
housing project for the elderly will soon be under way. 
This program will be financed through HUD, a govern- 
ment agency, with The Benevolent Board and Holland 
as co-developers and managership being in the hands 
of The Benevolent Board. The Benevolent Board has 
10% ownership with firsit option to purchase. 

After a lot of red tape with the government and dif- 
ficulty with the city on parking spaces provided in the 
plans, the green light has been received and constnjc- 
tion will begin soon with approximately a year required 
for completion. 

This building is a four story structure with 83 apart- 
ments with one bedroom each, craft and activity rooms 
and meeting rooms. The building is designed with each 
apartment having its own balcony porch and will be 
equipped with kitchen appliances, carpet and traverse 
rods. A mini-bus will be provided to give transportation 
for residents of the apartments. 

Residency will be restricted to the retired or handi- 
capped with space on the first floor for activities and 

The building site is on Center Street just south of the 
Center Street-East Liberty intersection. A large, old 
brick home has been on the hUly property which will 
provide an excellent setting for the apartments. This 

also places the apartments only 3-blocks from the center 
of town and thus is very accessible to the downtown 
area for residents who desire to walk. 

Apartments will be available on a monthly rental 
basis only. HUD rules aUow for 20% of the apartments 
to be available as low cost housing which means that 
the resident will pay one fourth of his monthly income 
for rest if he quaUfies as a low income individual. Thus 
means for example that someone who only receives 
$100 per month would pay just $25 for his rent in this 
apartment per month. Then the next level of income 
resident wUl pay approximately $126 per month (rent 
and utilities complete). A final percentage of the total 
residents may be from a high income level and would 
pay more per month to pay the full interest payment. 

These residency requirements mean that you have a 
cross section of people from various income levels 
rather than only one strata as is sometimes the case 
in such projects. 

Various community activities will be held in the build- 
ing and residents will be encouraged to participate in 
the excellent Senior Citizen Activities of Ashland. 

Many inquiries and applications for these apartments 
have already been received so we anticipate a full house 
when the building is completed. If you live in the 
Ashland area or would like to move here for retirement, 
please contact us for further information: 
2000 Center Street 
Ashland, Ohio 44805 
Phone: 419-325-1616. 
(P.S. You'll be glad you did!) 

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The Brethren Evangelist 


PROMOTE Brethren Care in Pennsylvania 


O Johnstown, Pa. 

Site of the next Retirement Center of The 
Brethren Church — Pennsylvania! 

The growing need for retirement centers in other 
areas than Flora, Indiana for Brethren led to the devel- 
opment of Brethren Care at Ashland, Ohio and the same 
interest has led to initial planning for such a Center in 

James Mackall, member of The Benevolent Board and 
resident of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, has been con- 
cerned about building a retirement Center in Pennsyl- 
vania and has spearheaded efforts in this direction. At 
a meeting on July 27, 1970 of The Benevolent Board, 
Mr. Mackall presented his ideas aind concerns for this 
project. A report was made to the Pennsylvania District 
Conference being held at the same time at Vinco, Penn- 
sylvania of this desire to construct a retirement faciUty 
in the area and a fund was started. Dorman Ronk also 
presented ideas on the size and financing of such a 

A committee met on December 17 and 18, 1971 to 
lay the groimdwork of establishing Brethren Care of 
Pennsylvania. James Mackall, Rev. Henry Bates, John 
Golby and Dorman Ronk participated in this meeting. 
Various items were discussed and several decisions 
were made . . . that an attorney should be acquired 
and incorporation proceedings should begin in addition 
to organizing the committee so the officers could sign 
papers for the new corporation. This committee met 
ag2un on Saturday, January 29, 1972 at Vandergrift, 
Pennsylvania for further planning and election of of- 
ficers. Meeting on February 25, 1972 at the office of 
attorney John Taylor, the committee made a change in 
officers and the men elected for Brethren Care of 
Pennsylvania were: 

James Mackall President 

John Golby Vice President 

Rev. Henry Bates Secretary 

Dorman Ronk Assistant Secretary 

Robert Adams Treasurer 

The articles of incorporation for Brethren Care of 
Pennsylvania were filed on March 27, 1972 at the Court 

^. ... . . Jr..-?.-. • .■. /• 

House, Edensburg, Pennsylvania. This process has now 
been completed. 

The purpose of this corporation, as stated in the 
application, is: 

". . . to acquire, own, construct, erect, maintain 
and operate a home or homes for the aged, for 
the retired and for other worthy persons, ajid 
to provide nursing care, residential care, board- 
ing and lodging facilities, places of retirement, 
to inform persons and to provide for and to 
carry on the primary purpose of this corpora- 
tion to provide assistance to aged, retired and 
inform members of The Brethren Church, with 
headquarters at Ashland, Ohio, but it shall be 
the supplementary purpose of this corporation 
to care for the aged, retired and infirm of other 
denominations to the extent that the facilities 
of this corporation are not needed for members 
of said Brethren Church, and that this corpora- 
tion which does not contemplate j>ecuniary 
gain or profit, incident or otherwise, to its 
It is the purpose of our work with the elderly to 
provide care not only for Brethren but others in the 
community wherever we are located as indicated in the 
application above. 

Needs of various areas of Pennsylvania are now 
being assessed to determine where the new Center 
should be located, funds are being gathered and plans 
for building are being formulated. 

For further information, contact the President: 
R.R. No. 1 

Mineral Point, Pennsylvania 15942 
(P.S. If you want to have a financial part in Brethren 
Care of Pennsylvania, just send your designated 
funds to: 

The Benevolent Board 
2000 Center Street 
Ashland, Ohio 44805.) 

Fanuary 13, 1973 


Page Nineteen 

You have continued to support the benevolent work 
oi The Brethren Church and we thank you for these 
gifts on behalf of those who are enjoying quality care 
in their senior years. 

We have sho^vn in the preceding pages how The 
Brethren Church's benevolent work is growing and 
needs are still waiting to be fulfilled. Therefore we urge 
you to increase your giving in '73 so more of our re- 
tirees and elderly can be provided for. 

Thanks to our 1972 contributors! 


Januai-y 1 - December 18, 1972 

Southeast District 











Mt. Olive 


Oak Hill 


St. James 


St. Luke 




Pennsylvania District 





Johnstown II 


Johnstown III 






Mt. Olivet 














Wayne Heights 


Ohio District 



Ashland Garber 


Ashland Park St. 


















New Lebanon 


Pleasant Hill 




West Alexandria 




Indiana District 









Center Chapel 




County Line 






























New Paris 


North Liberty 


North Manchester 






South Bend 










Winding Waters 


Central District 

Cedar Falls 


Cerro Gordo 






Midwest District 

FaUs City 




Southwest District 



Northern California District 

Manteca 30.00 


St. Petersburg 


NOTE: If there are any correc- 
tions or additions to offerings 
during the reported time period, 
please contact The Benevolent 
Board, 2000 Center Street, Ash- 
land, Ohio 44805. 

Ashland Theological Library 

Page Twenty I'h^ Brethren Evangelist 



*February Benevolent Offering - this annual offering 
in our churches has held at the $12,000.00 level for 
some time. With increased needs for serving our 
elderly, this offering needs to be enlarged If each 
contributor would even increase his offering by only 
$1, it would make a great difference in '73? (hint: 
we would be more than happy to receive morel) 

*Quarterly Giving - a number of churches are now 
contributing on a quarterly basis and this kind of 
giving is greatly appreciated. It provides continuing 
income for current needs through the year, trains 
the giver to be regular and systematic in his giving, 
and he usually gives more. If your church is not on 
a budget system, why not consider setting it up this 
year and putting it in operation in 1974? 

*Special Gifts - various individuals and groups have 
also contributed to the benevolent cause in the past 
and these gifts have helped greatly to sustain our 
work. We would encourage these gifts to be given 
through the church or in its name as well as si>ecial 
bequests. If you or your group would be interested 
in a special benevolent project, contact us and we 
will be happy to suggest some current needs. 

*Investment Notes - a special expansion and develop- 
ment fund is being gathered and used through in- 
dividual or group loans. These motes are available 
at 0-6% interest for 1-3 year periods. If you would 
like to put your money to work in a benevolent 
effort, this is the answer for you. See the October 
21, 1972 issue of THE EVANGELIST, page 4 for 
more details and an application form. 

*Volxmteer Service - you can support the benevolent 
work of The Brethren Church by offering your time 
in volunteer service. The Brethren's Home at Flora, 
Indiana and Brethren Care at Ashland, Ohio can 
both use volunteers to provide such services as: 
— Feeding bed patients 
— Reading to residents 
— Writing letters for residents and visiting with 

— I'resenting progreims of various kinds 
— Aiding in the kitchen and laundry 
— Providing items through sewing efforts such as 
bibs, gowns, aprons, lap robes, chair pads, wheel- 
chair cushions, etc. 
— Donating needed articles. Contact each one to 
learn the particular needs they have at Flora or 


January 13, 1973 

Page Twenty-one 



Whene'er I hear an organ, 'tis 

So heavenly to me. 
And when I reach that blissful shore 

I hope that there will be 
Sweet music there for everyone 

Throughout eternity. 

A mighty chorus, may there be, 

God's praises for to sing, 
Until all heav'n reverberates; 

What joy, to me, 'twould bring! 
And I've no doubt that this would be 

Sweet incense to our King. 

Until that day, I cannot know 

What wondrous things, and fair, 

Will be prepared for you and me 
In our new home up there. 

But I am certain there will be 
Rich gifts beyond compare. 

Norman McPherson 


We have talked too much. 
There is so much that is inglorious. 
Every man 


"in a far country" 

— to someone. 
Let every man 


to the destruction of the ungodly, the ignoble 

in himself. 
For every man 


in the sight of God; 

let hun die well. 

From HOME 

liilM!lll!!!:!liri!r"llL!!!III!L!;l.[i,j: :i:, .niuuiHHMMM:!.^. 

lUUii^'''! '"• 'i^'lllil^ii II /' /■ 'I'- " '■' " ' " ■ '/// v., ,, /; 

Do you believe in miracles? 

Have you seen one today? 
I see them everywhere I go. 

Along life's wondrous way. 

I plant a seed beneath the soil; 

I can but place it there. 
God makes the seed to sprout and grow — 

A secret men can't share. 

I see the miracle of birth 

Unfold before my eyes. 
Man cannot make a living thing 

No matter how he tries. 

In all creation 'round about 

I see God's master touch. 
Yes, I believe in miracles. 

And think of them as such. 

Norman McPherson 

It takes 




you help. 

of Dimes 


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The Brethren Evang-elist 

Milledgeville, Illinois — The annual 
Thanksgiving dinner at the Mil- 
ledgeville Brethren Church was 
once again a wonderful success 
with approximately 200 gathering 
for the turkey feed and all the 

The District Youth Rally was 
held at Milledgeville on November 
24 and 25. Special thanks go to 
Steve and Anita HoUewell, Direc- 
tors, to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Real 
and Mr. and Mrs. John Parks, 
Advisors to all who bedded dovioi 
our guests, cooked for them and 
prepared in any way. Also, a 
special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. 
Bob Shafer (Waterloo) for a job 
"well done." 

Rev. Clarence and Doris Stogs- 
dill were honored guests at the 
fellowship, Sunday evening, No- 
vember 26 at the Milledgeville 
Brethren Church. Committee for 
the fellowship was Mr. and Mrs. 
Wayne Hawkins, Chairman^ Mr. 
and Mrs. Fenton Haugh, Mr. and 
Mrs. Frank Cunningham, Mr. and 
Mrs. LaVeme Shipman, Mr and 
Mrs. Richard Graehling, Mrs. 
Bemice Cunningham, Mrs. Lucille 
Woessner and Miss Leona Read. 


Sarasota, Florida — 4 by Baptism 
Burlington, Ind. — 12 by Baptism 
Waynesboro, Pa. — 1 by Baptism 
Ixmisville, Ohio — 3 by Baptism 
Nappanee, Ind. — 2 by Baptism 
1 by Letter 


Daughter, Melissa Joan, to Wil- 
liam and Mary Ross October 24. 
BUI is the associate pastor of The 
First Brethren Church, Sarasota, 


Mr. and Mrs. Earl Wilkins cele- 
brated their 58th Wedding Anniver- 
sary on December 23, 1972. They 
attend the First Brethren Church of 
Lanark, Illinois. 

The Harold Haenes' celebrated 
their 56th Wedding Anniversary on 
November 12, 1972. They attend the 
First Brethren Church of South 
Bend, Indiana. 

Mr. and Mrs. Steward Horner 
celebrated their 50th Wedding Anni- 
versary on June 21, 1972. Mrs. 
Horner is a member of the Second 
Brethren Church of Johnstown, 


Miss Nancy Hastings aiid Dennis 
Boyer were united in marriage on 
March 18, 1972 at the First Pres- 
byterian Church, Mount Vernon, 
Ohio. Mr. Boyer is a member of the 
Johnstown Second Brethren Church. 
Rev. Joseph Hanna officiated at the 

* * * 


Miss Donna Aurandt and Barry 
Markley were united in marriage 
on September 16, 1972 at the Vinco 
Brethren Church with their pastors, 
Rev. C. William Cole and Rev. 
Joseph Hanna, conducting the dou- 
ble ring ceremony. Donna is a mem- 
ber of the Vinco Church and Barry 
is a member of the Johnstown Sec- 
ond Brethren Church. 

* * * 


Miss Judy Wisor and Ronald Pitt- 
man were united in marriage on 
October 28, 1972 at the Johnstown 
Second Brethren Church of Johns- 
town, Pennsylvania. Rev. Joseph 
Hanna officiated at the ceremony. 
Mrs. Pittman is a member of the 
Second Church. 

January 13, 1973 

Pag« Twenty-three 


Mrs. Ella M. Peck, a long time 
member of the Falls City Brethren 
Church, passed away on December 
8, 1972 at the Falls City Commim- 
ity Hospital. She had reached her 
89 birthday. Mrs. Peck is survived 
by four sons, seven grandchildren 
and nine great grandchildren and 
also a sister. Funeral services were 
held on December 11 at the First 
Brethren Church. Rev. Elmer Keck 
conducted the services. Interment 
was in the Silver Creek Cemetery. 
Ethyl Schroedl, Cor. Sec'y. 



Laura Price, 78, of Johnstown, 
Pennsylvania passed away Novem- 
ber 6, 1972. She was a member of 
the Second Brethren Church, Johns- 
town , Pe.n,nsylvania. Funeral ser- 
vices were conducted by Rev. Don 
Rager and her pastor, Rev. Joseph 
Hanna. Interment was in Headrick 
Cemetery near Johnstown. 


Elkhart, Indiana 

The Don Snell family, members of the Winding 
Waters Brethren Church, have been accepted as staff 
members with Campus Crusade for Christ and will be 
leaving for their work on the Gal State Campus at Los 
Angeles in the near future. 

Don has been an active member of the Winding 
Waters Brethren Church and has served in many capa- 
cities. Don has been involved with the Youth, being both 
a Youth Advisor and a Church School teacher. He has 
also served as Chairman of the Board of Christian 
Education. His wife, Mary, has also been active in the 
teaching area and as Director of the choir. Both have 
been valuable in aiding the growth of the Church. 

Don and Mary have been assigned to the Ethnic Stu- 
dent Ministry Team, which is a small, hand-picked group 
of staff, who are especially qualified to do research, 
experimentation, planning and development of tools. 

programs and strategies that wiU best reach and involve 
ethnic and racial minority American young people for 
Christ. These staff will also become a national team of 
trainers who will train the regular staff in how best to 
communicate with ethnic and racial minorities, as well 
as the implementation of programs and strategies that 
will best win, build and send ethnic and racial minorities 
for Christ. 

Don is a straightforward man with a questioning mind 
toward ethnic and racial problems. Don's teaching ex- 
perience in a public school with approximately 60% 
black enrollment, together with his vision, burden and 
maturity, will greatly add to our ministry. 

Each staff member with Campus Crusade is respon- 
sible for raising his own support. The Snells are in the 
Northern Indiana area sharing with Christian groups 
and businessmen about their opportunity for involve- 
ment with Don and Mary's ministry. 

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The Brethren Evangelist 





down in my heart 

by Sherry Barnhart 

What is the first thing you think of when you hear 
the word "JOY?" (take answers from the group) Did 
you tliink of the chorus "Joy, Joy, Joy" or the folk song 
"Joy is Like the Rain" or the cairol "Joy to the World" 
or the song "If You Want Joy?" (Sing one or more 
even if they weren't any of your answers!) 

Did you think of definitions? For example, happiness, 
peace, love, contentment? It is so very hard to put into 
words a feeling like "joy." It is just there to be experi- 
enced by anyone who wants it. But how? (Read John 
15:9-15 in The Living Bible, if possible. If not, verses 
11 and 12 read Uke this — "I have told you this so that 
you will be fLUed with my joy. Yes, your cup of joy 
will overflow!" It is very important to read verses 9 
and 10 so that it is understood what Jesus is telling 
them so that they wUl be filled with His Joy.) 

Our "cup of joy" should overflow all year long. This 
time of year is the time of resolutions for the new year 
and also memories of the old one. I reaUy think that 
it is possible to promise ourselves to have more joy. 
You always hear of Joy around Christmas and Easter 
but what about Joy every other day of the year. 

When I was younger, I remember one of my Sunday 
School teachers putting this on the black board one 


This really is lesson one on being able to determine 
who comes first in your life. Jesus is first — others 
second — yourself last. Beautiful and difficult to do 

Look what Jesus taught us to do concerning how to 
put people second after Himself and to treat them so 
that they know they're important to you. Remember 
each person is a Child of God just as you, yourself ai'e 
trying to be. (Read Matthew 7:1-12 in Tlie Living Bible. 
Discuss how this could be specifically related to youri 
individual lives. For e.xample — Lf I were being honest 
and open with the group I'd have to admit that I am too 
bossy with other people and yet I don't want them to 
boss me.) 

(You now should list on paper specific things which 
you do to others but don't want done back to you. Keep 
this secret! After a long enough time, have each gii-1 
pray silently about these tilings asking Jesus to help 
her overcome them and to really receive that Joy. Then 
either tear them up or burn them making sure that 
even though you did remember Jesus knows and so do 
you so there is no reason to not try to be better, more 
Joyful girls.) 

Joy is catching! Are you passing it on? 

Close with a prayer for Jesus to show each of you 
how to become more Jo.yful and Bubbling all over. 

Sisterhood Benediction. 

aniiary 13, 1973 

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Pagre Twenty-six 

The Bi-ethren Evangelist 

Reflection on ABORTION 



This is the repeated teaching of the Scripture. 

For example, Psalm 139:15-16: 

"My substance was not hidden from thee, When 
I was made in secret, and curiously wrought 
in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did 
see my substance yet being unj>erfect : and in 
thy book all my members were written, which 
in continuance were fashioned, when as yet 
there was none of them." 

Also in Jeremiah 1:5: 

"Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee: 
and before thou comest forth out of the womb 
I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet 
unto the nation." 

Then in Isaiah 49:1: 

"Listen, O Isles, unto me; and hearken, ye 
people, from far; the Lord hath called me from 
the womb: from the bowels of my mother hath 
he made mention of my name." 

by Keith Bennett 

Pastor, First Brethren Church 

South Bend, Indiana 

In these Scriptures each of the potential human 
beings reached fulfillment. That is not the point I am 
making, however, from these verses. The point I am 
trying to stress is the knowledge the All-Knowing God 
h£is of womb life and of the presence of the potential 
human being in the womb of every potential mother 
once fertilization has taken place. His eyes are not only 
upon the child once born, His eyes are upon the potential 
child in the forming process. He is concerned with this 
budding life. God cares about and is aware of fetus 
life. It would be interesting to exegete these verses and 
others like them so as to have the advantage of that 
knowledge, but that is not what I am trying to do in 
this initial paper dealing with the contemporary sub- 
ject of abortion. 

I was appointed to the abortion stud.v committee by 
the chairman, John Byler of Central Council. The chair- 
man of the abortion committee Wcis the late Dr Ronk. 

He initially asked the committee to read on this subjectJ 
This I have done — one complete book, several ai'ticles 
in other books and numerous magazine articles. He 
then asked us to write about what we are discovering 
and some of our reflections upon what we are thinking' 
about this subject. I am doing that now, not from the 
stance of an authority on the subject, but that of a 
concerned Christian and pastor. I want to share some 
additional things I am thinking. Perhaps later a more 
thoroughly documented and researched presentation 
can be made. I am not ready for that now or will I be 
in the very near future. But presented here are some 
thoughts I have on this subject. 

After reading and thinking about abortion, m> 
attitude is hardening considerably on this subject. Yel 
I am not ready to sa.\' that all abortions must totallj 
be done awa>' with — if such a position would even b€ 
possible today, which it is not. 

lanuary 13, 1973 

Pag'e Twenty-seven 


One of the impressions which Iceeps coming to me 
is the attitude many people, doctors, women and future 
mothers — ^are reflecting. It is the attitude of the woman 
wanting an abortion for herself who thinks — "THIS IS 
[ PLEASE!" The assumption of such a person seems 
to be that the fetus is just an extension of my body 
and if I choose to do away with it because of incon- 
veniences or for some other reason with more signifi- 
cance then it is my business and no one elses! I want 
to challenge that attitude as being invalid. Because I 
sense in it the same rebellious spirit which has typified 
man since Adam and Eve were sure they knew better 
than God. They were THEIR OWN and could do as they 
pleased also! 

Let us pause here for a minute and think about the 
fetus. If the fetus is merely an extension of the wo^man's 
body, such as an appendix or tonsils, then perhaps the 
aarUer mentioned attitude might be valid. However, the 
fetus is more than that. At the very least it is a potential 
human being. It's full-fledged humanity being deter- 
mined to a large extent on whether or not it is given 
the opportunity to grow to maturity. It is one thing for 
God the Creator to, in His life processes and wisdom, 
abort a potential human being. It is stiU another for 
man, be he doctor, counselor, husbanid, woman, or 
mother to take God's authority upon himself and decide 
who shall live and who will not live. There are circum- 
stances where such a decision must of necessity be 
made, when life or death is the issue, or perhaps some 
other moral circumstance which places the pregnant 
woman in an extremely difficult pUght. Even then such 
a decision is a weighty matter which demands reverent 
thought and action and which considers the rights of 
ALL concerned. 

The ai-rogance of "IT IS MY OWN BODY, I WILL 
DO WITH IT AS I PLEASE!" has no place in such a 
solemn decision. For the fetus is the most helpless of 
all forms of human life. There is absolutely nothing 
that the fetus can do to defend itself. Yet its link to 
humand kind is undeniable. The issue isn't clarified 
very much, at least in my thinking, by asking when 
the fetus has a soul. For clear knowledge as to whether 
man HAS a soul or IS a soul is not available. Weighty 
arguments are heard on both sides and though I value 
both concepts, I lean here on the idea that man IS A 
SOUL — potential man is a potential soul — that which 
wUl fulfill his soulhood is the right and privilege to be 
brought to maturity as any living human being has 
been allowed to do. If I am not too far wrong here, body 
and spirit combine with the breath of life to make man 
a living soul in the vein of Genesis 2. Soul is the essence 
of body and spirit animated by the breath of life. It is 
not a separate entity, but is one way to stress the unity, 
the combination. Even in writing this, the fuU clarity 
of wliat I am trying to convey is not here. I only offer 
this for you to think about, accept, improve clarity or 
reject. But, which ever view is teiken, nonetheless, the 
fetus is a form of human life. For human beings to 
take that right away from a potential human being in- 
discriminently on the attitude that this is my body I 
will do with it as I please, is to disregard the rights of 
THE FETUS and is a sinful attitude verging on mur- 
der. Any who think they have this right indiscrimanent- 
ly in abortion on demand, have taken upon themselves 
the place of God — at least in my view. 

Having said all of this, I am not yet willing to say 
that all abortion must be stopped. There are some cir- 
cumstances, in my understanding anyway, which at 
least place the decision maker in the role of represent- 
ing God and which thus require the deepest reverence 
and faith and earnest thought and prayer in seeking 
to make the agonizing decision which in those few 
cases must be made. I am not ready to discuss those 
circumstances here and shall try in a few months to 
send an article to the Evangelist dealing in that area. 
Thank you for reading this article. I would appreciate 
.your comment and thoughts on this matter and would 
appreciate your prayers as our committee seeks to do 
some helpful thinking and writing on this contemporary 
issue from the Evangelical viewpoint. Any response 
you may have could be sent to Editor Schuster who 
will then forward it to me. 

An increasing number of pregnant women are seeking- 
abortions because they don't like tlie sex of their unborn 
babies. The Jackson Laboratory, which first made this 
pre-knowledge possible, is now attempting to stop the 
trend by refusing to teU prospective parents the sex of 
the fetus. 

Page Twenty-eight 

The Brethren Evangelist 


A top-ranking Soviet nuclear scientist who defected 
to Canada and was converted to Christianity is the sub- 
ject of a revealing, exclusive interview in the current 
(January 5i issue of CHRISTIANITY TODAY 

Dr. Boris Dotsenko arrived in Canada in 1966, sent to 
establish credibility in the West before being assigned 
to spy in Austria. He promptly sought asylum. While 
awaiting disposition of his case, he began reading a 
Gideon Bible in his University of Alberta, campus room 
in Edmonton, and became a Christian after nearly forty 
years of atheism. 

In the article Dotsenko tells of his defection and con- 
version and the events leading up to those decisions. 
He reports being approached by the KGB (Soviet secret 
police) to "help" them. He later discovered that his 
own family — wife and father — were reporting on him 
regularly to the KGB. "I began to fear them," he said. 
"It was the psychological death of my family." Dotsen- 
ko was at that time a leading nuclear physicist at the 
Institute of Physics in Kiev. 

He describes life under Stalin. Purges and atrocities 
left millions dead. At first, he says, "I believed in the 
truthfulness and realism of Communism. I adored 
Stalin, who said: 'Who is not with us is against us.' " 

Later, as tales of the cruelty of Stalinism reached 
him, he changed. When he was told 12 million people 
had been exterminated, "a feeUng of numbness and deep 
disgust overtook me," he recalls. 

Now teaching mathematics at Waterloo Lutheran 
University, Waterloo, Ontario, the scientist calls the 
Bible "the greatest book of faith, where the acts of God 
are recorded for believers. Faith does not need any 
justification. It is given to whom it is given." Much of 

his Christian belief is based on scientific observatior 
made while still in the Soviet Union. One scientific law 
— the law of entropy — convinced him a superior beinj 
was holding the planet together by overruling natura 
law. The complex entropy law basically says any sys 
tem left to itself decays very quickly. If so, Dotsenkc 
argues, why didn't the earth disintegrate long ago' 
Dotsenko accepts the law as valid though overruled bj 

The article also outlines his views on Russia and tlu 

Western Science: "The existence of agnostic or ego 
centric philosophical opinions among Western scientist 
leads to exaggeration in the interpretation of phenomem 
under study." 

Soviet Morality: "Soviet morals are derived from th« 
Marxist concepts of class society and class struggle 
Everything that increases the power of Communism i: 
morally justified." 

Soviet Anti-Semitism: "No question about it. At thi 
time of Frankel's death (Dr. Jakov Frankel, the fathe: 
of Soviet science and Dotsenko's professor, was killec 
in a purge) a vicious anti-Semitic campaign had beei 
launched by the party apparatus under Stalin." 

Nixon's Visits To Russia, China: "Courageous am 
far-reaching. ... At the same time Mr. Nixon did no| 
compromise his ideological stand." 

Dotsenko says his greatest wish is for mankind "ti 
learn the truth and the ways of a just and reasonable 
really human life as children of the Most High God wh< 
suffered and died for our sins in the person of Jesu 
Christ." He expresses the hope that people in the Wes 
will keep the blessing of God protected, reject loose 
egocentric morals, and give full support to leaders work 
ing for a productive and free life. 

march of Dimes 


birth ^ 
defects _ 
are forever. g%^^ unless you help. 


anuary 13, 1973 

Page Twenty-nine 


The Brethren Publishing Company through the book- 
store has obtained a supply of the book "The Soul of 
the Symbols" written by Dr. Joseph R. Shultz of the 
Ashland Theological Seminary. 

This book is a theological study of the segments of 
Holy Communion in which the power and the gloi-y 
of God is revealed to the laity and theologian in all its 

This book should be of vital importance especially 
to the Brethren as it confirms the practicality of Holy 
Communion as Jesus Christ instituted it. It also points 
out the spiritual emphasis it has for man, that it is much 
more than a simple ritual, a religious practice or a tra- 
dition. The very fact that Christ initiated this sacrament 
should make it ever so much more important that it be 
observed as He taught it to the disciples. 

These books are all cloth-bound library editions and 
can be purchased for a limited time at a special price 
of $2.65 plus 35(f postage and handling charges. Ohio 
residents include 12(f sales tax. 

This book is regularly listed to sell at $3.95. Send 
your orders to: 


Postage wiU be prepaid on orders accompanied by 


A record of 115 students enrolled for classes for the 
all quarter at Asliland Theological Seminary, our 

brethren Seminary. This enrollment is a 20Sc increase 
iver a year ago. Ten years ago the Seminary had 20 
;tudents. We praise God for the growth of Ashland 
rheological Seminary. 

During this growth Ashland Theological Seminary 
las maintained a Bible-centered curriculum and has 
■emained conservative in theology. Our Seminary 
ittracts many students from smaller denominations 
vhich do not have their own accredited seminaries, 
iince many of these denominations and students have 
I lot in common with the Brethren Church, we praise 
5od that we have a Seminary which ministers to others. 

Several international missionary students are en- 
•oUed at the Seminary. There are students from India, 

Nigeria, the Dominican Republic, and East Malaysia. 
One of these students is Vijay Kumar, the brother of 
our Brethren Missionary in India. 

Two of the Seminary students ai-e Robert Young and 
Charles Long, both from Pleasant View Brethren 
Church. Through our Advent Coin Cards (a dime-a-day) 
we show our support for these two men. The offering 
goes to help meet the expense of their Seminary 

Asliland Theological Seminary needs and deserves 
the full support of the Brethren Church. Let's lead 
the way through our prayer support, our financial 
support, and our encouraging otlier young men to 
enter into the Brethren ministry. 

From the PROCLAIMER Newsletter 

Page Tliirty 

The Brethren Evangelist 

1973 STUDY BOOK: "The Late Great Planet Earth" 

(Second Coming of Christ) 


"What On Earth's Going To Happen?" 


"Jesus Christ — Solid Rock" 

"The Second Coming Bible" 

TIME: Early in 1973 

BY WHOM: Every Brethren Congregation 

anuary 13, 1973 

Page Thirty-one 


The first Cross Country Conference was held early 
n 1957. Sponsored continuously by the National Breth- 
en Ministerial Association, the annual C.C.C. is an 
ttempt to have every Brethren congregation, or at 
;ast a portion of every congregation, studying the 
ame theme at about the same time of year. 

The first few Conferences were scheduled for a 
pecific weekend — with explicit dates being given. 
Jnder that arrangement, it was hoped that all Brethren 
/ould be studying and discussing the same material 
n the same dates, each in his own church. 

Although that format had value Eind stressed co- 
lesiveness, schedule conflicts frequently arose on the 
esignated weekends and, thus, other procedures 
volved. Now, the theme and resource materiads are 
.nnounced, but each pastor and congregation can plan 
he best time for them to engage in the study locally. 

Usually the studies cover several weeks. For exam- 
ile, "The Late Great Planet Earth" (this year's study 
took) has 14 chapters and the Study Guide gives sug- 
;estions for the examination of each one. But how long 
he study continues and how the chapters are grouped 
ogether depends on your loccd leadership. Your C.C.C. 
night be a mid-week study group, or a Sunday evening 
liscussion, or a Sunday Morning sermon series, or a 
etreat theme, or private study with report sessions, or 

. . etc. 

However, it is anticipated tliat every Bretliren Churcii 
dll give attention to "The Late Great Planet Earth" 

sometime in the early months of 1973. Often churches 
engage in their Cross Country Conference during Feb- 
ruai-y and March. But these details are your decisions. 

With the exception of three years. Cross Country 
Conferences have been held annually since their in- 
ception in 1957. In that time a total of 42 ministers 
have served on the planning committees. Those church- 
es participating have examined a variety of pertinent 
topics and study literature — as the following listing 
illustrates : 

1957 Stewardship 

1958 Missions 

1959 Church Order 
1960-62 (none) 

1963 Conversational Evangelism 

19(34 Visitation Evangelism 

1965 Christian Emphasis 
"Mere Christianity" 

1966 Mental Health for Christians 

1967 Family Ufe 

1968 Israel/ Arab Conflict and the Bible 

1969 Rediscovering His Love 
"Taste of New Wine" 

1970 "A Life Worth Living" 

1971 "Learning to Understand the 
Mission of the Church" 

1972 "The Good Life" 
(Study of James) 

1973 "The Late Great Planet Earth" 


There is a wealth of inJEomiative, recently published material about the Second 
Coming of Christ. But this theme has not been a C.C.C. study theme until this year. 
Here are the books, prices and sources for your 1973 study. 
Study Book: (Every one should own a copy) 
"The Late Great Planet Earth"* 

by Hal Lindsey (Zondervan) $1.95 

"Study Guide"* $ .75 

Additional Resources: (For comparison cUid enrichment) 
"What On Earth's Going To Happen?"* 

by Ray Stedman (Gospel Light) $ .95 

"Study Guide"* $1.00 


by John Wesley White (Zondervan) $ .95 

(No study guide) 
"The Second Coming Bible"* 

by William Biederwolf (Baker Book House) 

(from the original printing entitled The Millenium Bible) $4.95 

(Note* — Order aU of above books from Brethren Publishing C^Dmpany.) 
"Jesus Christ — Solid Rock" 

David Wilkerson Publication $ .15 

Order directly from: David Wilkerson 
P.O. Box 34451 
Dallas, Texas 75234 


The 1973 Cross Country Conference can be a rewarding experience in your 
church. Certainly the continual need to learn more about our Lord's return and 
the events surrounding it need not be stressed. If plans are not yet underway in 
your church for this study, talk with others about it immediately. 
Order literature now! 

Cross Country Conference Committee 
J. D. Hamel 
Phil Lersch, chairman 

AthlatuJ Theological Seminary 

•ilO Cienter Pag^^l^hirty-two The Brethren Evangelie 

Ashland^ <%la 4A805 , 


Rev. Marlin McCann President 

Pastor of the Mt. Olive, Virginia Brethren Church 

Rev. W. E. Thomas Vice President 

Pastor of the Loree, Indiana Brethren Church 

Mrs. Leonard Mauzy Secretary 

Teacher at V^arsaw, Indiana 

Mr. Daniel Gilbert Assistant Secretary 

Employed by National Cash Register Company, member of thei 
25 year Club 

Mrs. Charles Munson Treasurer 

Wife of Dr. Charles Munson of Ashland Theological Seminary 

Mr. L. E. Seaman Member 

Administrator at Brethren Care, Ashland, Ohio 

Mr. Charles Riddle Member 

Retired farmer 

Mr. L. M. Johns Member 

Retired engineer and businessman 

Mr. John Golby Member 

Active National Layman of Johnstown, Pennsylvania 

Mr. James Mackall Member 

Business man and active member of the Vinco, Pennsylvania 
Brethren Church 

Mr. John Oberly Member 

Business man and member of the North Liberty, Indiana Brethre 

'7^ otet^^icft 


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Vol. XCV 

January 27, 1973 

No. 2 



Editor of PubUcations George Schuster 

Contributing Editors 

Woman's Missionary Society Mrs. Judith Steiner 

Central CouncU Rev Smith F. Rose 

Missionary Board Mr. John Rowsey 

Sisterhood Miss Sherry Bamhart 

Board of Christian Education Rev. Fred Burltey 

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Executive Committee 

Elton Whitted, Chairmani Rev. George Solomon; Mrs. Robert Holsinger 

In This Issue: 

3 A New Leaf (Editorial) 

4 History of the Corinth Brethiren Church 
g Sisterhood 

8 World Relief Report 

\Q Layman's Page 

W Memorial to Rev. Floyd Sibert 

J2 World Religious News in Review 

J4 Benevolent Board Picture Review 

21 News from AC 

22 Missionary News 

26 Board of Christian Education 

30 News from the Bretlxren 




During the year 1972 many of us experienced the loss 
of members of a family, relatives and dear friends. As a 
tribute to those who liave left this earthly hfe we wish 
to present this poem as a memorial to them. 


There is a plan far greater than the plan you know; 

There is a laindscape broader than the one you see 
The.-e is a haven where storm-tossed souls may go. 

You call it death — we, immortality! 

You call it death, this seeming endless sleep. 

We call it birth, the soul at last set free. 
'Tis hampered not by time or space — you weep. 

Why weep at death? 'Tis immortality! 

Farewell dear voyageur; 'twill not be long. 

Your work is done — now may peace rest with the* 
Your kindly thoughts and deeds they will live on. 

This is not death — 'tis immortality! « 

FareweU, dear voyageur. The river winds and turns. 

The cadence of your song wafts near me. 
And now you know the thing that all men learn: 

There is no death — There's immortality. 

— author unknown 

lanuary 37, 1973 

Page Thi-ee 


By the Way 





The pages of the New Year 1973 have been assembled 
ind bound to have each day's events recorded as they 
transpire. There Is a well known expression tliat often, 
Ijccompanies the transition from one yeaj- to the next: 
i'This year I am going to turn over a new leaf." 

In a recent issue of the 'Wayne Heights Highlights,' 
:he monthly newsletter of the Wayne Heights Brethren 
Phurch there was a short poem entitled, "A New Leaf" 
which is very appropriate at this time. 

To turn over a new leaf may be very commendable, 
but unless we endeavor to fill the page without making 
any blots or mistakes or even a few typographical 
errors which inadvertedly appear at times, one may 
well go back after the page is full and again make 
apologies and ask for a new leaf. Many suggestions 
for entering daily events on the new leaf may be gleaned 
from a poem by Edgar A. Guest entitled "My Creed." 



He came to my desk with a quivering lip . . 

The lesson was done . . . 
"Dear teacher, I want a new leaf" he said; 

"I have spoiled this one!" 

In place of the leaf so stained and blotted, 
I gave him a new one all unspotted, 

And into his sad eyes smiled . . . 
"Do better now, my child." 

I went to the throne with a quivering soul . 

The old year was done . . . 
"Dear Father, hast Thou a new leaf for me? 

I have spoiled this one." 

He took the old leaf, stained and blotted. 
And gave me a new one all unspotted, 

And into my sad heart smiled . . 
"Do better now, My chUd." 

To live as gently as I can; 

To be, no matter where, a msm; 
To take what comes of good or Ul 

And cling to faith and honor still; 
To do my best, and let tliat stand 

The record of my brain and hand; 
And then should failure come to me 

Still work and hope for victory. 
To have no secret place wherein 

I stoop unseen to shame or sin; 
To be the same when I'm alone 

As when my every deed is known; 
To Uve undaunted, uniafraid 

Of any step that I have made; 
To be without pretense or sham 

Exactly what men think I am. 
To leave some simple mark behind 

To keep my having lived in mind; 
If enmity to aught I show. 

To be an honest, generous foe, 
To play my little part, nor whine 

That greater honors are not mine, 
This, I believe is all I need 

For my philosophy and creed. 

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The Brethren Evangrelisl 


In 1887, Isabel Dalzell, Adda and Henry Reed 
went to an evangelistic service at Roann and as 
a result were baptized by Deacon John Zook. The 
distance from Twelve Mile to Roann was too 
great to ti-avel i-egiilarly so these three went to 
Mexico for worship. Even that distance was 
looked upon as inconvenient so a desire for a 
Brethren Church in the Twelve Mile community 
was fostered. 

In 1889, Elder J. H. Swihart was secured to 
iiold a week's meeting at the Prospect School. As 
a result of this meeting, Rhoda Damn, Marion C. 
and Emma F. Krider, and Eliza Crook were bap- 
tized. Thus these five with the Reeds and Mrs. 
Dalzell formed the charter members of our con- 
gregation. In the fall of 1889 an additional 25 
persons were baptized and these 33 formed the 
organization of the Brethren Church in our 

January 27, 1973 

Page Five 

Original building 

During the summer of 1890 a frame building 
of simple design was erected on ground adjacent 
to the Dillman burial plot. Brother Sam Damn, 
a carpenter by trade, designed the building and 
supervised the church men in the construction 
of it. This building was dedicated Oct. 19, 1890. 
In 1922, a basement was excavated beneath the 
building, a new entrance, and a bell tower were 
added to the building. The last remodeling was 
done in 1963 through 1965 when four new rooms 
were provided and complete redecoration of the 
interior and furnishings was accomplished. 

During the past six years, our group purchased 
a parsonage in Twelve Mile and we have just 
completed a renovation and remodeling project 
at this site. 

Our church has provided several ministers cf 
the gospel. The first of these being Rev. G. L. 
Maus who served pastorates in Iowa, Ohio, and 
Indiana during his forty years of active ministry. 
Rev. Joseph Hanna, minister at Johnstown, Penn- 
sylvania, was called from our congregation. Two 
others who served the ministry in other denom- 
inations were Frank and Ord Gehman. 

Rev. Clarence Kindley 

Our congregation has an active mission support 
program both in the church and through W.M.S. 
We have an active and enthusiastic group of 
young adults who participate in many projects 
for the local church and within the community. 
Our Children's Department is well-organized and 
contributes much to our total program. All in all, 
each age group has a good representation and 
supports our church growth. 

Among the Pastors who have served at Corinth 
are J. H. Swihart, D. A. Hopkins, A. T. Wirick, 
C. A. Stewart, J. G. Dodds, L. V. King, William 
Overholser, G. L. Maus, John Turley, William 
Bowyer, G. B. Hanna. Rev. Hanna was the first 
minister who lived on the field and served full- 
time for us. He was minister during the time our 
church was remodeled and the parsonage was 

Our present pastor is Rev. Clarence R. Kindley. 

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The Brethren Evangelis- 


Call to Worship 
Sons Service 
Circle of Prayer 

Bible Studies: 

Senior: LOVE 



Discussion Questions: 

Seniors: Discussion over chosen book 

Special Music 


"Spirit of Sisterhood" 

S.M.M. Benediction 



Love is the greatest power in all the world (I Corin- 
thians 13:81. Even though there is famine, disease, and 
war, love outlasts them all. How? God Himself is love, 
and those that love Him show it by their feelings toward 
others. Thus, love keeps growing and growing! Have 
you ever noticed that when you smile at a stranger, 
he'll smUe back? People aren't naturally Scrooges, they 
just don't see enough of love because we don't give 

God gave so much of Himself because He loved us 
and wanted us to know love. He sent His only Son to 
die for us (John 3:16). Christ loved us while we were 
yet sinners and then died for us (Romans 5:18). 

When we forget about Him, involved in our own ac- 
tivities, and then get into trouble and go running back 
to Him, God takes us back because He loves us (Luke 
15:11-32). How many times would you do that for a 
friend? God never leaves us, we leave Him. But He's 
always there waiting for us to come back. His love 
doesn't change. Nothing can separate us from the love 
of God (Romans 8:35-39 1. 

There's no need to be af aid of God because He is a 
God of love (I John 4:18). He won't hurt us; He's our 
Protector and Savior. 

Love isn't to be kept a secret. It must be passed on 
to everyone you see. Smile at your neighbor and say 
hi to an enemy. Watch it grow! It hurts to be nice to a 
foe — until you first do it. Don't be afraid to love, God 
isn't. Love your neighbors (Matthew 22:39) and your 
enemies (Matthew 5:44-47). That's God's command- 
ments. If we can do that, then we know God's love is 

We can't love others by ourselves. It isn't our nature 
to do so. God's love must be within us for us to be cap- 
able of loving. The love expressed in I Corinthians 13 is 
God's love. He wants everyone to experience it, and it's 
up to us to make sure it happens. 

by Cathy Harding 

Miss Harding is a senior at the Ashland High 
School and plans to enter college to major iv 
Nursing Science. She presently holds office in 
the National Sisterhood of Financial Secretary, 
is a member of the National BY Council. She- 
holds membership in the Park Street Brethren 
Church. .Ashland. Ohio. Music and reading head 
the list of hobbies. 

Love could solve all problems if we let it. Faith musl 
be present in love to let it work and grow. Put your 
faith in love, and it will put love in your faith. 

Life is sunshine 

with occasional rain 

Life is pleasure 

with occasional pain 

Life is laughter 

with occasional tears 

But love is forever 

a joy through the years 


anuary 27, 1973 



Most of you at some time have probably seen the 
elevision program called "Mission Impossible." Every 
i'eek this small group of people are given a secret job 
do. Their job is always to set someone free or to 
lelp a country or person overcome something evil. 

Do you know that as Christians our work is very 
nuch like "Mission Impossible?" Compared to the total 
lumber of people in the world Christians are a small 
:ix>up of people. Jesus Christ is the head of Mission 
Control and He has given us a speciaj job to do while 
re lare waiting for Him to come back. He has told us 
o go into the world as His ambassadors. (Read John 
10:21 and II Corinthians 5:20) 

What is an ambassador? An ambassador is an 
ifficial messenger; a person of high rank sent on a 
'nission by oine government to another. We are am- 
jassadors for Christ. As Christians we belong to His 
angdom and our mission is to go into the world and 
et people free by teULng them that Jesus died and rose 
igain to save us from our sins. 

Tliere is one big difference between the TV program 
md our mission. That difference is that ours is not 
iupo.ssibIe! Jesus has promised to go with us. In 
vlatthew 28:20 He says, "... I am with you always, 
'ven unto the end of the world." When Jesus went to 
ie with His Father He sent the Holy Spirit to live within 
^'liristians and He is always there to help us. We also 
lave the Bible which is our instruction book, and we 
we able to piray for God's help which is the greatest 
'walkie-talkie" ever known. 

Do you know that Jesus prayed for His workers be- 
fore He left the earth? (Read John 17:13-18) He knew 
t wouldn't be easy to work for Him so He asked His 
Pather to be with us. 

I "As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I 
also sent them into the world." Now just how can you 
and I go into the world? In our earlier studies we have 
seen how we can reach those closest to us in our homes, 
churches, and schools. Are there any ways we can 
reach even farther out into the world. Yes, there are. 

Page Seven 

by Mrs. Gary Taska 

Take a look at your National Sisterhood guidelines 
for this year. You are to roll bandages and send them 
to the Nigerian missions; you are to have a service 
project for World Relief; you are to remember our 
missionaries in prayer, in letters and other labors of 
love. The National P.-oject offering is for Bonnie Muair 
son and her work at Brethren House in St. Petersburg, 
Florida. In the December 2nd issue of the Evangelist 
there was a letter from Mrs. Duane Dickson to you 
suggesting that you "Saw to Serve." If you haven't 
read that letter be sure to do so and then decide what 
you can do about it. 

All of these things of course are indirect ways of 
reaching out into the world. Most girls your age are 
not able to go to these plaoej yourself but your sup- 
porting work is important. As you grow up perhaps 
the Lord will ask you to go in person as His ambassa- 
dor, His special messenger, to another part of the 
world. What an exciting thing to be a Christian and be 
a part of Christ's special group of ambassadors! 





Pag« Eight 

The Bretliren Evangelisl 


by Phil Lersch, Chairman 
Brethren World Relief Committee 


In April 1972, Pastor Lersch and John, his son, represented the Breth- 
ren Church on a three-week tour of six countries in Southeast Asia — spon- 
sored by the World Relief Commission of the National Association of 
Evayigelicals. This is the SIXTH in a series of reports to the denomitm- 
tion about the trip. W.R.C. is the evangelical relief agency through which 
Brethren World Relief monies are channeled. 

A visit to: A Baby Home 

After that exciting welcome at tiie airport, our first 
afternoon in Korea was pacl^ed full of impressive and 
heart-touching experiences. With these visits, in par- 
ticular, we began to see first hand the institutions and 
children that the World Relief Commission has helped 
for several years. 

A nurse cradles one of the very 
young abandoned babies in her 
arms, while tioo others rest on 
the floor-mats. 


As our bus rumbled up the dirt road, the orphari 
children ran out front to greet us. We stepped out tc 
cheerful voices yelling "Hallo!" and kids reacliing ou" 
to squeeze our hands and arms. The sensation of tugging 
stays with me. 

There were formal introductions. Then, while the 
youngsters played outside, workers guided us through 
the modest facilities — including the baby hospital uj 
on the hill. In typical Korean custom we "parked" ou» 
shoes outside the door of each building, so as not to sol 
the polished floors. When exiting, we found our shoe!' 
all turned around and lined up neatly, read.y for oui 
departure — undoubtedly the work of one of our well 
trained hosts. 

The 95 children, cared for by 16 staff workers at thi 
home, were all pre-school age. Most were brought ti 
the home when about one week old, after found aban 
doned at the police station or in the market place. On: 
reason for abandonment is the custom that a widow i: 
often ostracized by her family if she remarries. If sh< 
has several children, it is difficult to care for the ver) 
young. This situation, plus illegitimacy, increases th< 
number of orphans. When the children enter school 
they are cared for in other orphanages. 

The rooms were verv plain, for Korean custom is t( 
sit on the floor to eat and just unroll mats on the floo: 
for sleeping. We sat on floor cushions ourselves fo 
light refresliments served by our gracious hostesses 

anuary 27, 1973 

Page Nine 

These tender faces greeted us (it 
Lee's Home in Korea. 

Later tlie childreii played games and suny. 

The World Belief Commission lias helped tliis Baby 
Home, begun by Bob Pierce of World Vision, in the 
past. When we were there, W.B.C was looking for 
money to provide an ear operation for a young girl with 
a hearing problem. 

Just before departing our group gathered on the dirt 
pLayyard to hear "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," and 
"Jesus Loves Me" by the children — which I tape record- 
ed, including the unique pronunciation of "di^a-mond-ah 
in the sky." The.i we joined together our thoughts and 
lives as one of the men in our tour-group led in prayer. 

Our bus drove off, but one big surprise was yet in 
store. The kids ran down to the far end of their property 
and pressed against the wire fence. Then, although we 
didn't expect it, they waved goodby frantically as we 
came back on the main highway past the Baby Home. 

Brethren, our money has helped make those kids as 
happy as they are. I can still visualize the one tike on 
top of the fence waving and laughing! 

(Next time — Schools for Deaf and Blind.) 

St. Petersburg^ Florida 


The phone rang, just as I was about to leave for 
vorship at Brethren House on Sunday morning, Decem- 
>er 24th. It was Dr. Everett Graffam, calling from 
/alley Forge, Pennsylvania. He wanted to know if the 
Brethren Church had any missionaries in Nicaragua, 
vhere the earthquake had brought devastation and 
ieath just the day before. (I told him our work was in 
Argentina, with a new field soon to open in Columbia 
—but not Nicaragua.) 

The point is this: Dr. Graffam is on top of every 
;atastrophy around the world, looking for ways evan- 
gelicals can help through W.R.C. — in the quickest and 
nost economical ways. Whenever possible, he directs 
lid through existing missionary organizations in the 
mmediate area of need because the local missionaries 
?naw what is needed first-hand and can purchase sup- 
jlies economically from nearby sources. This is much 
Aeaper than shipping donated relief supplies from 
ong distances. 

As it turned out W.R.C. forwarded $7,000 immediately 
;o the Baptist International Mission, Assemblies of 
3-od missionaries, and the Central America Mission, 
rhe ultimate goal is $50,000. Here is the news release 
from W.R.C. 

l^alley Forge, Pa, — "Responding immediately to the 
lews of the devastating earthquake which rocked 
Managua, Nicaragua, on December 23, the World Relief 
IJommission dispatched funds to its in-country counter- 
part agency representatives to aid the victims. 

"Dr. Everett S. Graffam, Executive Vice President, 
reported that Rev. Bruce BeU was appointed Emergency 
Field Director. Mr. Bell, Central America Director for 
Baptist International Mission Inc., headquartered in 
Chattanooga, had been visiting his parents in Pennsyl- 
vania when the earthquake hit. He returned to Managua 
to ascertain how WRC can bring immediate aid, and 

lay a foundation for later reconstruction and rehabilita- 
tion assistance. 

"In addition to the Baptist group, WRC will be work- 
ing with Assemblies of God missionaries and Central 
America Mission personnel. 

"The U.S. State Department has suggested the quick- 
est way to help the Nicaraguans is to make monetary 
contributions to voluntary relief agencies. It has been 
the disaster-relief policy of WRC to forward funds to 
evangelicals in the area, so that needed supplies of 
food, blankets and medicine could be purchased locally, 
avoiding political complications and shipping delays. 

"WRC, overseas relief arm of National Association 
of Evangelicals, is an approved, non-profit voluntary 
reUef agency." (And, as you know, it is the channel for 
Brethren World Rehef funds as well.) 

Brethren, I bring tills matter to your attention (as 
was done when disasters hit Peru and Pakistan) to re- 
mind those who want to help that we do liave a channel 
already established for such aid. If you thought about 
giving something in December when the news first hit 
but just never got around to it, you may want to do 
something now. 

It's not too late, for the borrowed funds must be re- 
paid. Mark your gift "Nicaragua." Either give through 
your church treasury, or send directly to Brethren 
World Relief 

Mr. George Kerlin, Treasurer 
Rt. 4, Box 258 
Goshen, Indiana 46526 

As I have suggested before, don't "withhold" from 
one offering to give to another. If "withholding" is 
necessary, let's "withhold from ourselves" so that the 
gift is sacrificial and has meaning both in the giving 
and receiving. 

Pastor Phil Lersch, Chairman 
Brethren World Relief Committee 

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The Brethren Evangelist 


Rodger H. Geaslen 

WHY? . . . WHY? . . . WHY? 

Problems! More problems! Why did this have to 
happen? Or that? When everything seemed to be going 
so smoothly! Who has not wondered at the providences 
of God? 

It is most often because our vision is so short-sighted 
that doubts creep in. Like Jacob, we may be tempted to 
moan: "All these things are against me" (Genesis 42: 
36). Really, they were not against him! God was really 
providing for his future by sending Joseph down to 
Egypt to preserve life and Jacob realized it later! If 
our faith could only have a long range vision, we should 
learn that we can really trust the Lord for the answers 
to our oft repeat: "Why?" 

A young man studied long and hard to become a 
qualified doctor. He loved the Lord and his one ambi- 
tion was to become a missionaiy that he might minister 
to the heathen physicedly and spiritually. But the very 
year when he was ready to go, he took sick with such 
an illness that he was informed that he could never go 
out as a missionary. What a frustration! Why? Was 
Gk>d mocking him? He understood God's plan later. 
Later this same man was used to train hundi-eds for 
the overseas fields; and today there is a large mission- 
ary Memorial Hospital erected to his venerable memory! 
We cannot fathom God's purposes; but, if we truly be- 
long to Him, we can trust Him through every distress. 
One unknown Christian learned the purpose for her 
illness when she wrote the following poem: 


When sick and spent, I needs must draw aside: 

"Why should this befall me, Lord?" I cried: 
But quietly He answered, "Thou must rest." 
Oh, there was work I though that I must do 
for Him: 

But now He said in accents mild, 
"Nay, rather, still thy heart thy vows renew, 

And intercede for precious souls, My child. 
Just now, 'tis not thy busy hands I need; 

It is the quiet heart to intercede." 

And in the stillness of this time apart, 

His Word has searched and purified my 

heart ; 
My soul has seen the shniing of His face, 

And glimpsed new glories of His 

matchless grace. 

Ah, now I know it is His Spirit which alone 

Can move with power to soften hearts of 

And touch the prophet's lips with holy fire. 

The Word of life to quicken and inspire; 
Just now, 'tis not my busy hands God needs: 

It is quiet heart that intercedes! 

laixuary 27, 1973 

Page Eleven 



The Rev. Floyd Sibert died at 4 a.m. on December 4, 
L972, at his home on Rural Route 1, Bringhurst, Indiana. 
He was born in Marshall County, Indiana, and was a 
graduate of Ashland College and Ashland Theological 
Seminary. His first pastorate was at Akron (Ellet) and 
rlittman, Ohio. During his pastorate there the church 
juilding at Akron was erected and the average Sunday 
School attendance increased from 50 to 150 persons in 
3ne year. 

Rev. Sibert then accepted a call to Masontown, Pa., 
A'here he served for seven and one-half years. This 
field was probably his most productive ministry, numer- 
-cally; he received confessions of approximately six 
hundred people. At on revival there in which he himself 
served as evangelist, 100 people confessed Christ as 
Savior and Rev. Sibert baptized 98 of tlrem into the 
Brethren Church. 

His next pastorate was at Pittsburgh, Pa., where he 
served four years. He then went to the Pleasant HiU, 
Ohio, church where he served for 12 y2 years. During 
his pastorate at Pleasant HiU the church was modern- 
ized, remodeled, and a spacious annex -was constructed 
for the growing Sunday School. His next pastorate was 
for a four-year period at Burlington, Indiana. 

Rev. Sibert's last pastorate was at Mexico, Indiana, 
where he joyfully served for 13 years untU he and Mrs. 

Sibert retired in December, 1971, to their newly-built 
home, Carroll Coiunty, Indiana, near the home of their 
son Owen. A year later he slipped away suddenly, after 
an illness of only a few minutes. Death was caused by 
a massive cerebral hemorrhage. 

He was a quiet, gentle man of winsome personality 
who made friends wherever he went. He was at his best 
in evangelism and during his prime he was a fiery, 
convincing, dynamic speaiker whom the Lord used to 
win many people to Himself. The memorial service was 
lield at the Burlington Brethren Church by the Rev. 
Al Kundenreich and the Rev. Clyde Black, pastors of 
other Mexico churches with whom Rev. Sibert was 
associated for so many years. Also taking part in the 
services were the Rev. Albert Curtright, Burlington 
Brethren Church, and the Rev. Gerald Barr, of the 
Mexico Brethren Church. The solos "Blessed Assurance" 
and "O, That Will Be Glory," were sung by a treasured 
friend of long standing, the Rev. Edgar Berkshire of 
Tyner, Indiana, who was accompanied by Mrs. James 
Donaldson of the Mexico Church. Interment was at the 
South Union Cemetery in Howard County, Indiana. The 
photo which accompanies the article was taken at the 
Siberts' retirement dinner given by the Mexico Brethren 

Page Twelve 

The Brethi-en Evangelist 

World Religious News 

in Review 


Nice, France (EP) — In an address 
here to the Aviation and Space Med- 
icine Congress, Dr. Charles Berry 
said out of concern for the extreme 
emotional tensions of long space 
flights, all-male crews might be ac- 
commodated with female crew mem- 

The Research Director for the 
National Air and Space Adminis- 
tration said since sexual mores have 
changed significantly in the United 
States and throughout the world 
"there shouldn't be any problem in 
putting unrelated men and women 
together on long space flights." 

Evangelist Jack Wyrtzen called 
the comment a violation of God's 
command against adultery in Exodus 
20:14 and in Hebrews 13:4. Wyrtzen 
criticized Uie physician for poor 
judgment in view of the fact that 
many young people around the world 
had looked up to him as a good ex- 
ample of achievement. Dr. Wyrtzen 
is a radio and TV speaker and head 
of the world's largest camping pro- 
grcim at Schroon Lake, N.Y. 

"You, sir, are encouraging young 
people to go in the wrong direction," 
the evangelist wrote. 


Forest Falls, Calif. (EP)— The art 
of writing and selling editorial handi- 
work were the themes at the July 
24-26 School of Christian Writing 
sponsored for the first time at 
Forest Home, the magazine and con- 
ference center cooperating. 

Dr. Sherwood E. Wirt, editor of 
the journal published in Mimiea- 
polis by the Billy Graham Evan- 
gelistic Association, was the prime 
mover in the three-day inspirational 
session, with Mavis Sanders serving 

as assistant. Wes Harty of the 
Forest Home staff was registrar. 

A wide range of subjects was of- 
fered the enrollees by 14 spesikers on 
such topics as, "Communicating to 
a New Generation," "What Editors 
Want," workshops on writing for 
various age groups, and techniques 
on writing. 

In addition to Dr. Wirt and Miss 
Sanders, speakers included Margaret 
J. Anderson, Turlock, Calif; Bill 
Brown, World Wide Pictures; Rus- 
sell Chandler, city reporter in James- 
town, Calif., and former news editor, 
Christianity Today; Lois Curley, 
Regal Books; Judy Downs, Colle- 
giate Challenge; Dave Grant, youth 
speaker and film producer; Charles 
R. Hembree, author-pastor, Bethel 
Temple, Hay ward, Calif; W. Stanley 
Mooneyham, president, World Vision 
International; Noi-man Rohrer, exec- 
utive secretary EvangeUcal Press 
Association; Ray Stedman, author- 
pastor, Peninsula Bible Church, Palo 
Alto, CaUl. ; Rita Warren, free-lance 
writer and editor Van Nuys, Calif.; 
and Don WiUiams, author and youth 
pastor, Hollywood First Presbyterian 


Los Angeles (EP)— The Southern 
California B'nai B'rith Council amd 
the National Coniference of Chris- 
tians and Jews, launched "Operation 
Pinch-Hit," a joint effort to provide 
substitute personnel for members 
of the Christian faith here. 

Jewish friends filled in for Chris- 
tians in many commercial and 
governmental activities so they 
could have Christmas Day off for 
worship and family gatherings. 

The person wishing a substitute 
dialed 652 J-O-B-S to find a member 
of the Jewish community ready and 
willing to step in with volunteer 


Madison, Wise (EP) — As early as 
the next generation, most young, 
people could believe in spirit mes- 
sages from beyond the grave, spell- 
Ccisting witches, and astrology. 

So states Prof. David C. Lind-i 
berg of the University of Wisconsin.! 
He and Prof. Robert Seigfriend, both' 
of the university's history of science 
department, have been jointly teach-i 
ing a popular course in the "Historyi 
of the Occult and Pseudo-Science." 

The men discovered that among, 
231 juniors and seniors 74 per cent: 
believed in extrasensory perception,; 
20 per cent were uncertain about it 
and only six per cent denied its^ 

The professors also learned that; 
20 per ce.nt of the juniors and sen- 
iors believed in the future-foretelling 
ability of palm readers, 23 per cent 
in witches and 18 per cent in 

Lindberg admitted the findings 
"boggled my mind at first." He said : 
the credence given to astrology and; 
palmistry was particulaurly upsetting i 
because "there's absolutely no fact 
ual evidence to support them. It's 
easy to slide from the feeling that 
something is possible to a beiiel 
that it's true," he said. "We hope 
to show students that the senses 
cannot be trusted — the capacity foi 
self-deception is nearly infinite." 


Myrtle Beach, S.C. (EP)— A pro 
posed constitutional amendment 
which would have required churclies 
sending messengers to the conven 
tion to practice baptism solely b> 
immersion was defeated here by tlic 
South Carolina Baptist Convention 

The vote was 675 against to Sli 
for. A two-thirds favorable volt 
would have been required in ordei 
for the amendment to pass. 

The baptism issue has been a con 
troversial item witli South Carolina 
Baptists since the Greenwood Firsi 
Baptist Church announced twt 
years ago that it would accept bap 
tized members from other denom 
inations without requiring them tc 
submit to baptism by immersion. 

ramiiu-y 27, 1973 

Page Thii't«en 


Eplirata, Pa. (EP)— The Swamp 
Jnited Church of Christ here has 
;elebrated a sitrange phenomenon 
vitnessed by many charter members 
vhen a bolt o-f lightning from clear 
ikies and sunny weather sliced in 
wo the tombstone of an early 
jreaeher named John Waldschmidt 
n 1792. 

The Rev. Donald F. Geschwindt, 
jastor, says historical records show 
:hat after the Rev. John Wald- 
chmidt died in 1786, shortly after 
coming to the New World to be 
ircuit-riding preacher, his wife be- 
;ame demented and could neither 
;peak nor hear. 

The "bolt from the blue" was 
\eard by the entire congregation of 
he early Swamp church and in- 
spection siiowed that it cut in half 
A^'aldschmidt's tombstone. The bolt 
ilso restored completely Mrs. Wald- 
ichmidt's power of speech and re- 
urned her to sanity after six yeeirs 
>f mental illness. 


Valley Forge, Pa, (EP)— The pop- 
Jlar assumption that Christianity 
appeals primarily to older people 
!n the Soviet Union is evidently 
false, according to the Rev. Dr. 
iRoland G. Metzger, regional repre- 
sentative for Africa and Europe for 
[he American Baptist Board of 
'[ntemational Ministries. 

"I have heard that only older 
bJeople went to church," he said, 
''but in every church in the cities 
il visited there were young people — 
jyounger than 25, and even children 
!— in some of the services. In one 
phurch, more than half of the con- 
igregation were under 25." 
[ Restrictions continue, however. No 
pne under 18 can become a member 
bf the church. Therefore, baptized 
ibalievers in the statistics represent 
adults beyond the age of 18 at least. 

The Baptists of the Soviet Union 
are the largest Baptist group in 
Europe, Metzger said. "The official 
figures tell the story of a stabilized 
inumber. Each year the official fig- 
'ure is 530,000 Baptists, and yet there 
are tens of thousands (newcomers I 
each year." 


Greenwich, Conn. (EP) — What 
health officials described as the most 
serious outbreak of paralytic polio 
in the United States in seven years 
struck 11 Christian Science pupUs 
at a private school here. 

When the symptoms were offici- 
ally diagnosed as polio, the 11 stu- 
dents were given medical treatment, 
and the other students and faculty 
members at the school received 
immunization treatment. 

The Christian Science Church has 
been traditionally thought of as 
"anti-medicine" because of its reli- 
ance upon prayer as a means of heal- 
ing. An official Cliristian Science 
publication, "Legal Rights and Obli- 
gations of Christian Scientists in 
Connecticut — 1968, "makes the fol- 
lowing points: 

"The Christian Scientist does not 
ignore disease. He is careful to 
avoid exposing others to disease. He 
reports to public health authorities 
oases of contagious disease as re- 
quired by law." 

Spokesmen for the Daycroft School 
said that although most of its stu- 
dents had never been immunized 
against polio because of their par- 
ents' religious beliefs, parents had 
not objected to tlie current immun- 
ization program after the outbreak 
was confirmed. 


South Pacific (EP) — Chaplain 
Joim Ecker aboard the Recovery 
Carrier Ticonderoga welcomed the 
three-man crew of the Apollo 17 
spacecraft with the following 

"The heavens declare your glory. 
Oh Lord, the planets, the sun, the 
moon and the stars which you set 
in place. In humble gratitude we 
thank you for the s.afe return from 
your heavens of these pioneers in 
space. May their achievements con- 
tribute to the unity of mankind and 
peace for all your people in this 
holy season. Amen." 


Aboard USS Ticonderoga (EP) — 
Although he admitted he didn't 
necessarily feel closer to God in 
deep space, Astronaut Eugene A. 
Cernan said he was convinced the 
universe "didn't happen by accident." 

"The earth looks big and beautiful 
and blue and white," he said of 
his quarter-million-mile perspective. 
"You can see from the Antarctic 
to the North Pole and the continental 
shores. The earth looks so perfect. 
There are no strings to hold it up, 
no fulcrum upon which it rests. 

"You think of the infinit.y of space 
and the infinity of time. You feel 
a little selfish . . . like you are 
looking back lat earth as God must 
be looking now and as he must have 
when he created it." 

The recent moonwalker said, "I 
am convinced of God by the order 
out in space." 



Kohima, India (EP) — When re- 
ports finally could be dispatched 
from strife-torn NagaJand, statistics 
showed that the aggregate attend- 
ance of 500,000 people in three days 
made the Billy Graham crusade 
there his largest to date. 

Some 100,000 Nagas, wearing the 
costumes of more than 14 tribes, 
lined the last three miles of the 
evangelist's motorcade route into 
Kohima, North India. The EvangeUst 
was given permission to enter 
Nagaland by the Indian government 
only a few days before the crusade 
was scheduled to begin, and only 
for four days instead of the planned 

The 20,000 population of Kohima 
swelled to 80,000 people as Nagas 
attended Bible studies and the eve- 
ning stadium services. 

Some guerrilla leaders had said 
they would observe a cease-fire dur- 
ing the crusade, but skirmishes 
marred the three-day event. 

After completing the meeting. Dr. 
Graham visited Prime Minister 
Indira Gandhi in New Delhi and the 
Shah of Iran in Teheran. 

Pag« Fourteen 

The Brethren Evangelist 


OUR PAST . . . 

The Brethren's Home first began to take shape 
at the Ohio District Conference in 1901 when 
the bequest of $8,000.00 from the estates of Fox 
and Early required an administrator. On June 
8, 1901, a group of fine Brethren took out incor- 
poration papers in Columbus, Ohio and the 
inherited funds were invested and annual status 
reports were made to the Ohio Conference. The 
corporation assets gi"ew to more than $12,000.00 
and in 1921, the trustees of The Bretiiren's Home 
reported the recent transfer of the Rinehart 
Estate in Flora, Indiana valued at $35,000.00. 

Early in 1922, a 44 acre plot of land was pur- 
chased by the Ohio corporation near the west 
edge of Flora, Indiana and immediate plans were 

made to build a two-story facility to house the 
aged and aging Brethren. On May 23, 1923 the 
formal opening and dedication of the building 
in Floi-a was held. Later in the late 1930's, the 
first of three double cottage units were con- 
structed f jr residential living quarters for a 
retired Brethren. 

On November 7, 1967 The Brethren's Home 
incorporated in Indiana and plans were finalized 
for a new physical plant because the original 
buildinjj was fast becoming inadequate and unable 
to meet the state regulations for health facilities. 
In June of 1968 the new 46 bed facility was 
opened for occupancy. 





This is Where We Live Together 

Vieiv from State Route IS 


Rosemanj Eddy, Administrator 
Gene A. Geaslen, Business Manager 

ranuary 27, 1973 

Page Fifteen 

Cottages for Residential Care 

Sit Down and Visit Awhile 
Mary Mans, resident 

Presently we have 44 residents at the Breth- 
ren's Home. Of this total, 41 are in the Nursing 
Home and 3 live in the cottages. Brethren people 
total 22 or 50 percent of the present residency. 
Our average age presently is almost 80 years 
with the oldest resident who celebrated her 98th 
birthday December 25. 

Dinner is a Hapjoy Time — 
unless you are on a special diet! 

Ch ristmas Card Time Again ^ 
Maude Clingenpeel, resident 

Pag:e Sixteen 


The Brethren Evangelist 

"Crafts with Rom'inarij 
Something for ove and all 

You're Never Too Old for Santa Clans 

(In case yoic hadn't noticed, that's 

Business Manager Geaslen on Santa's lap!) 

Activities include regular church services 
(handled by Rev. Ed West of the Flora Church) 
organized crafts classes, monthly birthday par- 
ties, and various programs sponsored by local 
and district civic organizations and churches. 


Blood Pressure — normal! 

Leida Thomas, R.N. 

F. Burton and F. Hood, residents 

Good Ulde Home Cookin' 
Doris Yates (hidden). Deloris Yates and 

Phyllis Shoff (dietanj employees), 
Grace Porte and Mary Mause, residents 

January 27, 1973 

Page Seventeen 

Wash Day Never E)ids 
Pam Hnr.shb(U(jer. lanndr/j employee 

Just Cleaved TJiis Yesterday 
Carol Rirlia)-dno>i, Jiousekeepiiuj employee 

"All Work and No Play Makes 

Dan a Dull Boy" 

Daniel Hess, maintenance employee 

Love That -NEW" Dislnrasher 
Coleen Clem, dietary employee 

Presently our 42 member staff is made up of 
24 nurses and aides, 10 cooks and kitchen aides, 
2 housekeepers, 2 laundry aides, a maintenance 
man, an office secretary, business manager and 
administrator. This number of employees may 
seem high for the amount of residents we serve 

but our nursing staff is on round-the-clock duty 
and many of our employees serve on a part-time 
basis. Our kitchen staff would like to say a 
special "THANKS" to all the churches that made 
the new dishwasher a reality thi'ough theii' 

Pagre Eighteen 

Tlie BreUiren Evang-elist 


Our financial statement I'eveals tiiat The 
Brethren's Home is currently operating with a 
deficit. (A cjpy of the statement is available 
upon request.) In order to correct this condition 
each of the following solutions have been 
considered : 

1. Appealing To Our Contract Resident Whose 
Funds Are Exhausted Because Of Increased 
Rates Was Our First Consideration. 

The rate increase in 1970 was due to infla- 
tion, state requirements almost doubling the 
amount of nursing care required and various 
other reasons too numerous to mention. This 
seemed like the obvious place to start because 
almost 75 9r of our $80,000 annual anticipated 
loss of income was due to the exhausted funds 
of the contract residents as well as the loss 
of income from five beds foi- which we are 
licensed but are not able to occupy. These five 
beds would be located in the double rooms now 
occupied by those single residents who had 
contracted for a private room. As we began 
to approach these people and their I'espective 
families, we were met with much opposition 
partly because of verbal promises that were 
made and not included in the written contract. 
We believe that a Christian's word should be 
his bond and it was not our intent to violate 
either the written contract or any oral prom- 
ise. We wanted to make our contract residents 
and their families aware of the magnitude of 
our loss of income and see if they could vol- 
untarily help us in this unfortunate situation. 
Again, the Indiana Board and the Adminis- 
tration of the Heme apologizes if anyone was 
offended but our intentions were honorable. 
This imrticular idea has been abandoned at 
the present time because of the unfavorable 

2. Raising Our Daily Rates To Offset The Deficit 
A) Our published rates can be raised up to 

6% according to the Economic Stabiliza- 
tion Program if our margin of profit or 
growth factor remains constant. Since we 
have a deficit presently, we must continue 
to operate with the present rates and 
apply for an exception through this Price 
Control Board. 

3. Increasing the operating efficiency of the 
present facility could conceivably be used to 
cut down our operating deficit. Presently we 
are monitoring cur wages and have been im- 
proving our purchasing methods. The Home 
has been operated quite efficiently in past 
years so this improved efficiency cannot begin 
to net us a great amount of savings. 

4. Building at least a 40 bed addition would 
enable us to spread many of the basic ser- 
vice expenses (Administration, Professional 
Nurses, Dietary Supervisor, Maintenance, 
etc.) over more sources of revenue or resi- 
dents. This proposed addition would fulfill 
two current needs : first, the operating 
expenses per resident would be reduced 
significantly which would increase our margin 
of profit without a rate increase. Secondly, 
increased demands for nursing care could be 
met (presently we have a waiting list that 
would fill half of the proposed new addition.) 

The architect's sketch of the proposed plans for 
developing the total 441/4 acres located in Flora 
is shown here. The expansion will be moving in 
two separate areas: first, expanded health care 
facilities and second, developing residential care 
units in a retirement village. Our first step will 
be expanding our nursing home into eight single 
and one double bedroom apartments. These twc 
steps could occur simultaneously depending or. 
how our financial condition improves within thf 
next quarter. 

Brethren who wish to invest in building 
facilities to hcuse the aged and aging may pur 
chase Investment Notes through The Benevoleni 
Board's Development Fund. 

Health care is the third largest industry in tht 
United States and care for our senior citizens i; 
the fastest gi-owing phase of the industry. \\( 
need to be planning to meet this growing nee( 
because more and more Brethren as well as othei 
people are going to be requiring nursing care a: 
well as residential care. We must remember on 
Lord's words "Inasmuch as ye have done it unt' 
one of the least of these my brethren, ye have doiv 
it unto me." Matthew 25:40 

anuary 27, 1973 

Pag« Nineteen 





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— Sr^re. l^ocrc Va. /9 

/He BR£THf?e^''s HoMZ of Ia/d/^na,I/^c. 

Page Twenty 

The Brethren Evangelist 


Photo courtesy of Ashland Times Gazette 

A//-.S'. Be.ttho Ledyard receives gift from Saritd 

. . . at first avnual Christmas part}/ at 

Brethren Care Center 

The first annual Christmas party for employ- 
ees and residents at Brethren Care was held on 
Wednesday night, December 20th. 

One hundred and fifty residents, employees 
friends and families gathered to enjoy an evening 
of card singing with Dick Boyd (our maintenance 
man and a Seminary student) as leader and Anna 
Pryor (kitchen helper) as pianist. The program 
also included a visit from the "Christmas Magi- 
cian," Richard Holmes who is a grandson of Mrs. 
Ledyard pictured above; piano music by Peggy 
Fluke vocal solo by Mrs. Gerald Conrad; and 
musical moments by Dick and Betty Boyd (Betty 
is employed in the laundry at Brethren Care). 

A visit by Santa brought gag gifts for some 
of the residents and employees such as : a skate 
board for one fellow to get to physical therapy 
faster, a lollipop for our newest resident, red 
paint to repaint a wheelchair and a gift certifi- 
cate for white wall tires for the chair for another 
resident, a bag of old chicken bones (candy) for 
Mrs. Ledyard and a two-way collar for Dick Boyd 
so he could be either Maintenance Engineer or 
Preacher. A treat of candy and popcorn balls was 
given to all the children and gifts were presented 
to each resident by Santa.* 

The Ciiristmas snack table was laden with 
goodies including ham, chicken and egg salad 
sandwiches, relish trays, potato chips, cereal 

snacks, cheese bits, Christmas cookies and punch. 
All the refreshments were donated by friends, 
families or businesses and some of the residents 
helped fix the cookies and some cf the other items 
for the table. 

Brethren Care has 40 residents with more 
applications being processed. Private and semi- 
private rooms are still available and if you are 
interested you may call us at 419-322-1596 or 
write to: BPvETHREN CARE, 2000 Center 
Street, Ashland, Ohio 44805. 

*In case Santa's spectacles look familiar, it 

might be because many Brethren know him 

as alias Charles Munson, professor at 

Ashland Theological Seminary. His father, 

Charles Munson, Sr., is a resident at 

Brethren Care. 

The first annual Christmas party at Brethren 

Care was a smashing success and residents began 

immediately planning their own New Years Eve 

party with food being provided by one of the 

residents (our newest), Mr. Tom Ewing. 

The Center wishes to thank all of those 
Brethren who sent Christmas gifts to us to make 
the first Christmas so blessed and gay for every- 
one. Your thoughtfulness and generosity is much 
appreciated and we look forward to your visitiir; 
us at any time when you are in Ashland. 

inuary 27, 1973 

Pag« Twenty-one 


ASHLAND, Ohio, Jan. 20 — At the January meeting 
: the Asliland College Bo^ard of Trustees held this 
eek, new fee structures for the college and seminary 
id increased faculty services were approved, President 
lenn L. Clayton reported. 

The board was reorganized, election of new members 
mounced and resignations accepted. In addition, the 
>ard approved a restudy of the college master plan. 
After careful study of the budgetary needs, Ashland 
oUege will move to a comprehensive fee of $1226 per 
'mester including tuition, health fee, athletic fee and 
^rtain laboratory fees permitting the student to take 
om 12 to 18 hours each semester. The student activity 
le wiU be $28 for the semesiter. 

At its meeting, the board approved an increase im 
»m and board including the new Centrex telephone 
/stem, which will be in effect after July 1, to $568 per 
jmesler. This makes a total projected fee of $1822 per 
^mester charged to aU regular students. 
According to President Clayton this is am increase of 
J5 per semester over the 1972-73 figure of $1747 per 
?mester for full time resident students. 
In commenting on the budgetary needs. President 
layton said, "Recognizing the need for constant study 
: the budget, the executive committee of the board 
01 meet again in February to review the needs for 
>th the year 1972-73 and tlie year 1973-74." 
The board acted upon the request for faculty services 
ich as promotions and resignations. It considered fav- 
pably the institution of a liberalized program of hos- 
italization and retirement benefits. Dr. Clayton ex- 
ained that these benefits had been approved earlier 
It awaited funding before they could be put into effect. 
He said, "Promotions had been granted without fund- 
Ig last year, now ne.xt year they will be funded. Part 
I the increase in fee structure will meet the obligations 
!■ make possible certain increases in faculty salaries. 
Iso it will cover increased hospitalization, social 
■curity aind retirement." 

Items of business relating to the seminary foUows: 
A fee stmcture requesting an increase of $20 per 

quarter was approved making the seminary tuition 
$225 per quarter. 

A "Ronk Memorial" was proposed which involves the 
establishing of a fund to finance a project recognizing 
the faithful services of Drs. George, WiUis, and Albert 
Ronk to the college, the Brethren Church and the 

According to President Clayton details of this project 
remain to be worked out. However, the board expressed 
its gratitude for the long and faithful service of the 
three Ronli brothers and the continued interest of the 

In other action the board approved a restudy of the 
college master plan to suggest uses for properties and 
current coUege facilities which are not being used at 
the present time as originally planned. 

Changes in the membership of the board of trustees 

The board reorganized and re-elected Myron S. Kem, 
Dayton, president; Thomas Stoffer, Canton, vice 
president; Harvey Amstutz, SmithvLlle, treasurer- 
secretary and Elton Whitted, Ashland, assistant 

The board received and approved letters of resigna- 
tion from Dwight MiUer, SmithviUe; Wayne Siwlhart, 
Valparaiso, Ind.; George Gongwer, Ashland and Dr. 
Charles Anspach, Mt. Pleasant, Mich. 

President Clayton expressed appreciation particularly 
for the long periods of service that Dr. Anspach and 
Gongwer have given the college. He said, "Dr. Anspach 
is a former president of the ooUege and has beea a 
member of the boiard since 1938. Mr. Gongwer, who 
has been on the board most of the time through that 
same period, has been very helpful. We wiU miss both 
of them very much." 

The election resulted in several new members to the 
board: Rev. Woodrow Immel, N. Manchester, Ind.; Mary 
Jane Stanley, Dayton; Mrs. R. G. Stoddard, Hagerstown, 
Md.; State Senator Thomas VanMeter, Ashland; VirgU 
Bamhart, Germantown and Howard Winfield, New 

Pag« Twenty-two 

The Bretliren Evangelist 




by Rev. Henry Bates 

Pastor of Wayne Heights Brethren Church 

A little over twenty years ago a new "Mission 
Church" was established in Wayne Heights, Pa., under 
the sponsorship of the Pennsylvania District Mission 
Board and the Missionary Board of the Brethren 
Church. For the next several years this congregation 
was assisted in a number of ways by the Mission 
Boards, and by individual congregations — the use of the 
Portable Chapel; Financial assistance with paying of 
pastoral support; Ten Dollar Club assistaince in the 
building of a permanent sanctuary, etc. With the pass- 
ing of the years the Brethren at Wayne Heights were 
able to become self-supporting, and the church was no 
longer considered a "Mission Church." 

Recognizing the important part that "Missions" 
played in their own church, the Wayne Heights Church 
has entered into a program of becoming a "Missionary 
Church" — ^of helping in a number of ways to promote 
the work of missions throughout the Brethren Church. 

We began with the appointing of a Missionary Com 
mittee whose responsibility it was to keep the work 
and needs of missions constantly before the congrega 
tion. This committee has been responsible for arranging 
our Missionary Conferences; of promoting the Tei 
Dollar Club; of suggesting missionary projects, etc 
For the past two years the church has had excellent 
missionary conferences, and has participated in tht 
Faith Promise program. Last Christmas, in order tc 
give the children of the Sunday School a definite part ii 
the missionary program, we placed a Christmas tre* 
on the platform of the church, and on the Sunday befon 
Christmas the children marched across the platfom 
and hung their missionary offering (in especially pre 
pared envelopes) on the tree. We are planning oi 
another such program this Christmas. 

A few months ago the congregation voted to hav( 
the trustees install a large bulletin board in the narthe: 
of the church to be used esclusively for missionan 
announcement, items of interest, letters from mission 
aries, etc. This board now contains a map of the worU 
and pictures of all of the Brethren missionaiy workers 
with tapes leading from the missionaries to the counj 
tries in which they are working for the Lord. Letters 
etc., pertaining to each of the fields are placed in thai 
area of the bulletin board. 

During the past year or so a regular emphasis ha 
been placed upon the importance of the Ten Dolla 
Club, which has resulted in a steadily increasing numbe 
of members in the club. We currently have twenty-on 
folks belonging to this important aspect of the missior 
ary work of the Brethren Church — compared with jus 
a handful a year or so ago. Several of the au.xiliariej o 
the church also hold membership in the Ten Dolla 

One of our latest ventures in missions has been tli 
"adoption" of a student at Riverside Christian Trainin 
School. In cooperation with the Missionary Boa_rd of th 
Brethren Church and Brother Harold Bamett the coi 
gregation has pledged itself to provide fifty-five doUai 
per month to help underwrite the expenses of a studei 
who otherwise might not be able to continue her edi 
cation at Lost Creek. But this "adoption" goes be.\on 
just furnishing money. Members of the church pla 
on corresponding with our "daughter"; we hope to ha\ 
her come up and visit the church sometime durin.g tl 

anuary 27, 1973 

Page Twenty-three 

'ear; folks and auxiliaries will remember her on special 
wcasions, etc. We are especially hoping to get the youth 
tf the church involved in this particular, program, 
lecently the treasurer of the church reported that their 
s already enough money on hand in this fund to take 
are of this project for the entire year. The congrega- 
ion also voted that any additional monies that come 
nto this fund (after the support money has been set 
iside) should be used to help pay the salaries of teach- 
srs at Riverside School. During the last Vacation Bible 
Johool the children's missionary project was a month 
tr two support for Miss Becl^y Baiter, one of the teachers 
Lt Lost Creek. By the time V.B.S. was over and others 
lad also contributed to this project, the church was 
ible to underwrite this salary for six months! 

During the coming year we hope to enlarge the mis- 
;ionary program of the Wayne Heights Church in other 
vays — both in the area of world missions and also in 
he area of home missions. We solicite the prayers of 
he Brotherhood for the continuing outreach of the 
[Vayne Heights Church. 

MiaaioH Cliurcli turned Missionary Church 



The Kenneth SdhuiKin l-'muihi 

We welcome the Kenneth Solomon Family back to 
le United States for their furlough before beginning 
le new work in Colombia. They arrived on December 
0, 1972 and will be with us until after General Confer- 
nice in August, 1973 when they will move to Colombia 
3 become pioneer missionaries for the Brethren Church 
1 this country. 

During these eight months in the United States they 
nU be quite busy working on medical and legal clear- 
■nces and preparing for the new work including 
ttendance at a number of special seminars. They are 
cheduled for a number of Missionary Conferences in 
irethren Churches and you might visit with them and 
ear about their work at the following places: 

Jainuary 26-28 

Chandon and Washington Brethren Churches 
February 2-4 

Vinco Brelhren Church 
February 9-11 

Oak Hill Brethren Church 
February 18-21 

Sarasota Brethren Church 
February 23-25 

Dayton Hillcrest Brethren Church 
March 4 

Pleasant Hill Brethren Church 
March 17 

Canton Brethren Church 
March 23-25 

Huntington and Roanoke Brethren Churches 
April 27-29 

Vandergrift Pleasant View Brethren Church 
May 4-6 

Fort Scott Brethren Church 
May 15-17 

Pastors Conference in Ohio 
May 20 

Louisville Brethren Church 
August 13-19 

General Conference in Ashland 
These dates have been confirmed for programs or 
attendance by Rev. Solomon and there are others still 
waiting confirmation. Watch for news of other pro- 
grams or Missionary Conferences in your area. 

Your prayers for this family, as they care for all of 
the details of their move to Colombia, would be very 
much appreciated. 

Page Twenty-four 

The Brethren Evangelist 


A Home Mission Minislnj in Si. Peletsbaf^, florih t£^ . 

^ Hepofters: 

^ ' Phil & Jean Letseh 

Bonnie Munson 


Usually the crafts made by the children at Brethren 
House are for themselves. Something related to a Bible 
story, which they can place in their own room at home 
to remind them of what they learned. 

But this is not always the case, as the following three 
examples illustrate: 

(1) Tray Favors. Not \-ery elaborate, but meaningful 
to the 74 residents of a neairby nursing home who had 
tliis message on their tray Thanksgiving Day: "God 
and U3 kids care about you at Thanksgiving. From a 
friend at Brethren House." Each was folded and decorat- 
ed with a small picture from a used greeting card. 

(2) Greeting's for Mrs. Andrew. An extra craft one 
week was to make a personal greeting card for this 90- 
year-old friend of one of our church members. Mrs. 
Andrew had recently moved to a nursing home Mount- 
ing the pictures from old greeting cards on construction 
paper gave color to such messages as "Have a good 
day," "We care about you," and "Smile, God loves you." 
We hope these greetings brightened the day for "Aunt 
Sophie," for they did that for the busy artists who made 

(31 Thanksgiving Place Cards. Eai-ly in Thanksgiving 
week, the children were shown how to make a special 
Place Card for every person who would be eating 
Thanksgiving dinner around their table. Each card was 
personalized with the individual's name and carried the 
message, "God Never Stops Giving." 



A recently-formed Women's Group meets now on 
Wednesday mornings at Brethren House. We have a 
nucleus group of six, with others visiting from time to 
time. In order to use the time effectively^ it was decided 
that we would combine our efforts for both study time 
and sewing projects. 

We chose Dare to Discipline, by Dr. James Dobson, 
as a study book. This is a psychologist's view of dis- 
ciplining children, with the yard stick provided in 
scripture. The discussion Guide and tape accompanying , 
the series gave direction to our conversation. 

In addition, thinking that our idle hands could be' 
busy while we talk, we looked for an appropriate service ' 
project. Three of us visited two near-by nursing homes 
and found many needs we could help fill. We are now i 
working on such items as men's shirts converted to 
hospital gowns, knitted slippers, terry cloth and cotton 
bibs, and lap robes. During these visits it was brought 
out that there is a need for transportation to doctor's 
appointments and recreation centers. One of the women 
in our group has taken the responsibility for this and 
made several trips already. 


Girls' Sewing Group 

Wednesday nights the crochet hooks and knitting 
needles really fly at Brethren House. An average of 10 
to 12 girls, nine years old and older, come to work on 
projects for World Relief. At the moment we are making 
baby booties. To simplify the process for those stlU 
learning how to crochet and knit, we first make 6" 
squares. After they are sewed at the heel and toe, a 
pom pom is added to make an attractive and very warm 
bootie. Our goal was to make a dozen before Christmas, 
but we will exceed that goal which is pleasing to us all. 

Before resuming the sewing group this fall, the girls 
set down some rules of conduct and goals to work 
toward. Periodically it is necessary to rethink those 
goals cmd focus our attention on why we come together. 
Though we enjoy each others' company, we need to 
remind ourselves that our puiTX)se is to be doing for 
others. This attention to others' needs, is important in 
learning the concept of "loving our neighbors," ar 
attitude which is increasingly unique in our self-centered 


h.niiary 27, 1973 

Page Twenty-five 


■■/I'LANT A- -Evangelist Billy Graham has three 
jiJl').- overseas commitments in 1973, he announced 
ic,e upon his return from a six week around-the-world 
rip. He will speak at an interracial evangelism congress 
n South Africa in March, in Korea in late spring in 
vhal may be the largest evangelistic crusade in his 
areer, and in late summer at a first-of-its-kind youth 
fathering in L<jndon. 

In addition, he Is scheduled to conduct major evan- 
gelistic crusades in four American metropolitan areas 
lext year: Atlanta, Ga.; Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minn.; 
laleigh-Durham, N.C.; and St. Louis, Mo. 

Th." L/jndun engagement, Aug. 27 -Sept. 2, was ac- 
eptc'd o.nly recently. Graham will deliver several ad- during SPRE-E (Spiritual Re-Emphasis) '7.3, 
m event in which 2.5,000 youth delegates are expected to 
jarticipate. The closing meeting will be in Wembley 
stadium with an anticipated attendance of 10<J,000. 

The evangelist noted the trip to South Africa will ixi 
lis first to that nation. He accepted the invitation from 
iponx>rs of the South African Congress on 
>n condition that the will be totally integrated, 
16 explained. Graham Crusades have been racially inte- 
rated for more than 20 year.s. If the proper facilities 
)ecome available, public raUies may be added to the 
tinerary while he is in South Africa. 

Graham .said the Crusade in Korea's capital, Setjul, 
nay be his largest because of the interest which is being 
;xpressed. His as.sociato evangelists will preach a week 
n six other Korean cities in May, and he will address 
Tieetings in three of cities. At the end of the 
•nonth he will .slart a .series of meetings in .Seoul. 

The evangelist di3cus.sed his recent visit to India dur- 

ing a news conference here, noting tiiat his reception 
in the remote state of Nagaland was one of the greatest 
of his ministry. No American missionary lias lived in 
Nagaland for eight years, and while in New Delhi 
(iraham discussed with Prime Minister Indira Gandhi 
the gove;nment attitude toward Christian missions. 

Some foi-oign per-.sonnel have been exr>elled aflctr being 
charged with subversive political activity Graham .said 
he assured Mrs. Gandhi that the missionary .sending 
agencies with which he was familiar iastructed their 
apiKjintees to avoid political activity in India. He re- 
ported that Indian authorities told him the situation was 
l>etter now. He added that he thought the missionary 
matter had now "stabili/x?d" there. 

The evangelist said he alw visited Mrs. Gandhi Ui 
express a desire for baUar relations ijetween his home- 
land and hers. He aiso carried the greetings of 
President Nixon. 

In the news conference Graham commended President 
Nixon for his recent appointment of Daniel P. Moyni- 
han to be the new ambassador to India. He de.scribefl 
the fo.-me." White House staff member as a man of 
"enormous capacity" with great jjrestige in the United 
States and abroad. When Indian newsmen iiad asked 
Graham in New Delhi if he would accept the app^jint- 
ment, if offered, he told them he was already an am- 
bas.sador for Jesus Christ. 

Another top government leauler he met on the trip 
was the Shah of Iran. The evangelist .said he was tre- 
mendously impressed by Iran's knowledgeable ruler 
and by the eastern nation's progress. Among the topics 
of their palace conver.sation, ho r'Cported, were; the 
Biblical prophecies regarding Persia and its king of 
2,50f) years ago, Cyrus. 

'Oive us one in<»re generation' 


Today's generation of Jewish young people in Israel 
ire the first generation in ]9fXJ years holding practically 
lo prejudices toward Jesu-s of Nazareth. 

Sfj .stated Dr. Dinhas Lapid to 17 Evangelical Press 
Association editors in Jerusalem during an eight-day 
lour of the Holy Land. 

Dr. Dinha-s, Chief of Press Relations for the Govern- 
ment of Israel, told the editors on the officially-arranged 
ind sub.sidized trip, "Give us one more generation and 
tve may he able to .say that Jewish young men and 
women are raised without any prejudice at all toward 

The official chided the group goodnaturedly. "I am 

.so."ry," he .said, "that a recent survey taken in churches 
of America indifaite<I tliat many Christians have not 
changed their attitude of prejudice toward the Jew in 
anywhere near the .same degree as that reflected in 
the current interest in Jesus among Israeli youth, 
:^'holar.s, and writers." 

The Dec. 4-12 tour was arranged through the courtesy 
of the Israel G<jvernment Tourist Offif« offerefl to EPA 
President C. Ciiarles Van by Mr. Nathan Fn«d- 
man. Mr. Yitzhak .Sover, dire<-U)r of th/; Western U.S. 
Region for the Israel Ministry of Tourism in B<,'verly 
Hills, accf>mpanied the grx)up. 

The Jewish guide for the editors in their own bus 
(x>nducted the entire tour with a Bible in his hand. 

Page Twenty-six 

Tlie Brethren Evangelist 




TUCSON, ARIZ.— On December 28-31, 1972, the Tucson 
BYC sponsored the first Western BYC Retreat at the 
Tucson Brethren Church. 

The idea for the retreat grew out of the work of the 
Arizona/Wyoming Summer Crusader Team with the 
Tucson church during 1972. Plans originally called for 
a retreat for only the Tucson youth, but later it was 
decided to invite high school and college age youth 
from all 15 Brethren churches west of the Mississippi. 
A Collegiate Crusader Team was also invited to 

Preparations for the retreat were conducted by the 
Tucson church, spearheaded by Mr. and Mrs. Curt 
Sullivan, Mr. and Mrs. Stan Gentle, and Mr. and Mrs. 
Jim Burke, among others. They arranged for sleeping 
and dining facilities, insurance, recreation and sightsee- 
ing, and registration. 

Norma Grumbling and Paula Tinkel, members of the 
AAV Summer Ci-usader Team, guided the planning of 
the Collegiate Ciiisader Team which made the trek 
to Tucson. (Other team members were Mike Radcliff 

and Ron Waters.) The team was responsible for plan- 
ning the retreat schedule, including the inspirational 
program, and for sending information to the western 
churches concerning retreat plans. (The team was 
assisted by the BCE staff in planning and promotion.) 

Youth from four churches (Tucson and Papago Park, 
AZ; Manteca, CA; and Che.yenne, WY) expressed an 
interest in the retreat, but only Tucson and Papago 
Park were represented. About 20 youth from these 
two churches attended the retreat, which was held in 
the educational unit of the Tucson church. Sleeping 
bags and cots were distributed throughout the class- 
rooms and fellowship hall. Shower facilities were avail- 
able at a nearby University of Arizona student housing 
center. Meals were prepared by the ladies of the church 
and by the retreaters, under the supervision of BYC 
advisor Mrs. Stan Gentle. 

Several activities of the retreat included a semi-formal 
banquet at a local restaurant, a morning of sightseeing 
at the beautiful Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and at 
the Mission of San Xavier de Bac, a verbal-pictorial 
presentation on the work of National BYC by the 
Collegiate Crusaders, an interaction seminar on local 
BYC work was led by Ron Waters, nightly sing-alongs,l 
pizza parties, and snack times, and free time for ping 
pong, "Funny Bones," or other recreation. 

Norma and Paula lead five inspirational sessions om 
the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). The sessionsj 
involved presentation of material, small-group inter' 
action, role playing, a short taped dialogue-musical in 
volvement presentation, and feedback. The purpose ol 
the study was to explain each part of the fruit of th€ 
Spirit, to collectively seek application of each part, anc 
to submit individuaUy to the guiding of the Spirit in al 
aspyects of everyday living. These sessions pointet 
toward a celebration worship experience conducted b.\ 
Mike Radcliff on Sunda.y morning. A part of this seri 
vice was a time in which each individual, reflecting' 
upon the study of the retreat, made a covenant witl 
God, wrote it on paper, and sealed it in an envelope. Tht 
envelopes will be mailed in a few months for j>er3ona' 
evaluation and recommitment. 

anuary 27, 1973 

Page Twenty-seven 

Though the retreat officially ended Sunday morning, 
he Tucson youth held a New Year's Eve party in the 
lome of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Burke ior the Crusaders. 
James and snacks were enjoyed by all for several 
lours. Shortly after midnight the group gathered for a 
ipontaneous singing and sharing session of celebration 
Lnd preparation for the new year. This time ended with 
onversational prayer and new commitments to each 
ither and to the Lord. 

For each of the Collegiate Crusaders, the time in 
Arizoma was very refreshing. We again recognized the 
problems of being so far away from other Brethren 
churches. Yet we also recognized deep commitment to 
the Lord and His work. We would like to thank the 
Tucson church and BYC for planning the retreat, the 
Derby, Kansas, church for providing overnight housing 
on our trip to Arizona, and all who pEu:-ticipated in the 
retreat for their openness and warmth toward us. 



What will your reaction be when the teen in your house gives you this reply? 

When the young teen in your house first says, "I'm 
lot going to church today," what will your reaction be? 

Panic? Anger? Exasperation? Dismay? 

Maybe he has already said it. 

The Christian parent has a lot at stake in the response 
hat his child makes to God. He has invested a lot of 
orayer, a lot of concern, a lot of training, a lot of love, 
md he doesn't want to see it wiped out. 

Adolescent growth not uncommonly includes the 
hreat of leaving the church and God. When that threat 
irst appears, it can trigger an avalanche of emotions 
n the concerned, Christian parent. Adolescence has 
more than its share of confusions; but parenthood has 
i few, too. One of the confusing questions parents must 
leal with is "How do I as a Christian parent fulfill my 
'espoinsibility to help my teen be a Christian?" 

The task was clearer when the child was younger. A 
foung child must be raised in "the nurture and ad- 
Tionition of the Lord." He must be taught "line upon 
ine and precept upon precept." He must be provided 
vith faithful church associations. He must know what 
s in the Bible, that God loves him, and that he lives 
'.n a moral universe where things count eternally. That 
s not always easy to do, but the task is fairly plain: 
he parent is a teacher and an example of the faith; 
;he child is a learner and imitator. 

But when this child arrives at the teen years, things 
jegin to fog up a Uttle. No longer is he primarily a 
'learner" (although he is still learning). Now he be- 
comes more and more a "decider." He begins to practice 
■naking decisions, so that he will be able to live respon- 
sibly in an adult world a little later on. 

What happens, though, when some of his decisions 
ieviate from those that the parent has made in regard 
:o the church and God? Most parents are willing to 
illow for some decision-making in regard to hair style, 
3r clothes, or friends; but what should they do if things 
Jf eternal importance are threatened by a rejection? 

The parent is in a dilemma. He wants the youth to 
Seam to make adult decisions and get practice doing it 
>vith as little interference as possible. But is he being 
responsible in allowing this freedom to extend to the 
areas of church and God? 

Some parents think not. They believe that as long 
as the teen is sharing the parents' home, he is bound 
to his parents' religion. "As long as you live under my 
roof you will go to church with the rest of the family. 
We'll not discuss it any more." 

Other parents take essentially the same position but 
use pressure tactics to enforce it. "If you don't go to 
church and Sunday school today you're not going bowl- 
ing tomorrow night." "If you maintain a perfect 
attendance at church and Sunday school for the rest 
of the year, I'll buy you a stereo for your room." The 
variation on these items are infinite. 

Of course, some parents give up the struggle. They 
give in to the persistent complaining and heel-dragging 
that makes every Sunday morning a scrimmage. They 
go to church minus a teen but with a little more peace. 
But if they have left him at home, they have picked up 
some feelings of guilt and failure which go along in 
his place. They have difficulty enjoying their peace. 

Still other parents think that when a teen begins ques- 
tioning the fsdth of his fathers (or father!) it is a signal 
to the parent to begin to develop and make more explicit 
a new relationship — a relationship between two Chris- 
tians. In addition to the responsibility of being a Chris- 
tian parent, there is a call now to be a Christian person, 
sharing the meaning of a personal faith. 

The teen has lived with you for a number of years 
and knows that just because you are a Christian you 
are not therefore also a saint. He knows that you sin 
daily. Or at least weekly. Now is the time to talk about 

Your own doubts as a Christian are worth discussing 
with your teen. Your own sense of failure and your 
own discoveries of forgiveness need to be shared. Your 
sense of pilgrimage, of not having arrived, your 
gratitude for grace — ^all these need now to be talked 
over. If you insist on keeping up a front of reUgious 
success and total commitment and absolute assurance 
all you will do is widen the credibility gap. 

It is a serious Christian mistake to think that when 
questions arise and doubts and rebellions begin to be 
expressed the strategy called for is an intensified 

(continued on next page) 

Page Twenty-eight 

The Brethren Evangelist' 

publicity campaign: "Families that pray together stay 
together ... if you leave the church, you are leaving 
the richest heritage of mankind . . . how do you expect 
God to bless you if you turn your back on Him hke 
this . . . etc." The Christian parent is not called to 
mount an advertising campaign on behalf of the deity. 

One father, when confronted by a son who began 
expressing distaste for everything connected with the 
church and objecting to further participation, said 
something hke this: "I remember having those feelings 
myself; in fact I stUl have them from time to time. The 
only trouble, though, with staying away from church 
at a time like this is that there is no way to continue 
the convei'sation with others who are involved on the 
other side of some ideas and practices that obviously 
matter a great deal. For the first time in your life you're 
beginning to think and feel as an adult. Many of the 
things that you are finding distasteful are what j'ou 
experienced as a child in the church. Wouldn't it be 
more reasonable to take your thinking and feeling into 
the sanctuary each Sunday and test it out for the next 
few years? If you stay home you don't have anybody to 
argue with or test yourself against — except your child- 
hood memories. You are changing and learning very 
rapidly now: the church needs your new vision and 
experience. You are having an argument with the 
church; in very few arguments is one person right and 
the other wrong. What one hopes for in an argument is 
that both persons will discover more deeply what the 
other is saying, appreciate it, and either be changed or 
modified by it. But this takes considerable listening, 
correcting bad impressions, misjudged positions — a lot 
of time. Nobody would want you to uncritically swallow 
ever>'thing that is going on in the church, but if you 
walk out of the room, the possibUities for adult, respon- 
sible debate are eUminated. 

"The Protestant church has always put a great deal 
of emphasis on your free decision in relation to God. 
Now that you are quickly forming the skill for respon- 
sible, free decisions, it is important to me that you stay 
in the room while the conversation is going on so that 
your eventual decisions will be responsible. I will re- 
spect any decision that you finally make, but right now 
I would feel that any decision you made would be 
formed on too little adult experience and Uttle mature 

Let me give you an example. If you told me today 
that you hated girls and never wanted to associate with 
them again, I think I would respect your feelings and 
understand something of what went into producing it. 
But on the basis of that feeling I wouldn't permit you to 
enter some celibate order in which you would never 
be able to have any contact with women again. There 
are still hangups to get over. There are tensions still 
unrejolved. You desen-e to have more adult experience 
behind you before you make that kind of decision. It 
would be better if you kept learning about girls and 
had some responsible relationships with them as you 
grow up so that you develop some depth experience in 
th? natui^e of the man-woman interaction. 

"That's kind of the way it is with you and the church 
too. Part of my responsibihty as a parent is to try to 
keep you in the mainstream of experience as long as 
possible so that you know as much and experience as 
much as possible so you will be equipped to make good, 
adult decisions. 

"As far as the church is concerned, I think that means 
continuing to share in the congregational life of worship 
and learning just as I do. I don't think you ought to be 
believing all of it, or be uncritical of any of it. There 
are many things in the church that are sinful and dis- 
obedient — if you can see what they are you will be of 
great help to others. You may feel that the church 
doesn't appreciate your perspectives or your ideas, and 
in all honesty, I must tell you that it might not. But 
I do and I would like to keep on hearing about them. 

"Right now you have a fresh vision of the whole 
operation that adults long involved in its structure lack. 
It is important to have the benefit of your fresh insight. 
You ought to know that p£U"t of the reason that you 
have this insight is that you don't have the long-range 
responsibiUties and vested interests in things as they 
are. Those who have these responsibilities and interests, 
including me, don't find it easy to express some feelings 
and ideas. Consequently your objectivity is valuable. 
Business firms hire management consultants to come 
in and examine their operations, not because the con 
sultants are more intelligent or more mature, but be 
cause they are from outside and so can see things in 
balance and perspective. You're beginning to develop 
these same qualities to share with the church. I want 
you to stay with me in the place where you can share 
them. As a fellow Christian I need you, and I think 
there are a lot of others in my place." 

Th3 young teen has different ways of expressing hi^ 
doubt about the church and his unsureness about God, 
He can be defiant. ("I refuse to go to that hypocrite 
fiUed church any more — you can't make me go!") He 
can be convincingly reasonable ("I don't think I'll go to 
church today; I've got too much homework.") Some 
times he is cautious ("What do you get out of going tc 
church? Do you think it really makes any difference?"! 

Behind all of this is the coming of age of faith. The 
young teen deep within is beginning to say, "God cai 
no longer be taken for granted. It is not enough foi 
me to assume my parents' attitudes towards God or slii. 
into my parents' practices in the church. What happen.' 
from now on must be mine." 

It is hardly possible that this should take place per 
fectly smoothly. 

What the parent must know (regardless of how he 
chooses to respond to it) is that this doubt and ques 
tioning and rebelUon is evidence that something deeph 
significant is taking place in the personality of hi: 
offspring. There is a changed perception towards hi; 
own deepest commitment. He is wondering what it i 
going to be hke to maintain adult relationships witl 
God. He is making the preparatory moves in coming ti 
his own adult personal faith in Christ. It should bi 
counted a good time because the pai'ent can now shan 
the struggles and achievements of his own Christiai 
faith with this emerging person. Resistance to th' 
church is no disaster! 

If the parent will not permit the possibility of dissen 
he is also preventing the possibihty of a free "yes." I 
the parent refuses to listen to the feelings of rebellioi 
he shuts off the expressions of a groping free will, th 
decision-making of a child of God. 

It is important for the Christian parent to formula! 
to himself a goal in relation to his teen's faith in Got 
Do we want him to grow up and make his own jus 
what we have taught him, unchanged and unchallenged 


fanuary 27, 1973 

Page Twenty-nine 

Or do we want him to deal with all that has been 
;iven to him with curiosity and questing, discovering 
he personal dimensions of a new life with Christ 
limself ? 

If it is the latter, we must remember that there is 
nuch that he ha^ seen in his parents that is less than 
he best — and that should be rejected. There is also 
nuch in the church that would be disastrous to con- 
inue to support. We don't want him agreeing with that. 
Ve have to trust his vision and future decisions as to 
ust what is going to be kept and what is going to be 
irown out, believing that Christ is a powerful and 
ontinuing presence all the while. We need to remember 
ao that "we never know just how Christ will be formed 
1 another" (Bonhoffer), even In our own children. This 
ew person in Christ that we pray our teen will be is 
■nother new creation of God, not the result of our 
ames and teaching, but the result of God's call and 

Parents who prefer the kind of person who has never 
xamined the meaning of his life against the call of 
;od are bound to believe that when that examination 
oes begin to take place there is a youth problem, or 

reUgious problem. But others will know that the 
hristian gospel has at its core a plea for personal 

decisions and fresh starts. "No inherited religion," it 
says, "your faith has to be your own, not your father's." 

So what do you do when your teen begins to resist the 
church and the religious practices of the home? You 
first of all give thanks to God that another person is 
beginning to sense the personal dimensioms of what 
it means to be in relation to God. The saying of "no" 
is the first step in discovering how to say "yes." (You 
were through all this with him once when he was two 
and three years old — now God and an eternal destiny 
are added dimensions. ) What you do not want is to 
raise a child who blandly and impersonally continues 
in a stream of traditional religion, inheriting his faith 
from the ones who have gone before. You must want 
a free, adult relationship with Christ. Better a hot 
"yes" or a oold "no" than lukewarmness. 

And then you ask God for the grace to be an honest, 
open, faithful person to this youth; that you have the 
resilience, the strength, and the grace to engage in 
frank conversation about your own life in Christ; that 
you be kept from bluffing; that you be prevented from 
letting your own pride interfer in the developmenit of 
this new person in Christ; and that your life will be 
deepened and enriched through sharing the development 
in Christ of this newly emerging person in your home. 

1972 by Success With Youth, Tempe, Arizona. Reprinted by permission. 
Available in pamphlet-form from the Board of Christian Education. 



National BCE Administrative Expenses $3,000.00 

Jational BYC Projects 4,000.00 

For a Worship Center at Brethren 
Care, Inc., the new Brethren 

Home located in Ashland $1,400.00 

For travel assistance for delegates 
to 1974 Nat. BYC Convention 
from 6 western churches (Lath- 
rop, Manteca, and Stockton CA; 
Papago Park and Tucson, AZ; 

and Cheyenne, WY ) 600.00 

For 1974 Summer Crusader 

Program 2,000.00 

rational BYC Council Travel Expenses (73-74) 700.00 

pecial Programs 200.00 

,'rojeot Promotion 50.00 

TOTAL $7,950.00 

The 1972 National BYC Convention came to recog- 
nize the difficulties youth from the far western churches 
face if they wish to send representatives to Convention 
each August. As a result they wrote into the 1973 Budget 
travel assistance for six far western churches (listed 
above ) . 

Each church will be entitled up to $100 for travel 
costs to bring a representative or representatives to the 
Convention. Funds will be released upon completion of 
a request form to be issued by the Board of Christian 
Education Unfortunately, this plan cannot go into 
effect until the 1974 Convention, due to the fact that the 
Ingathering does not take place until the 1973 

Youth in these churches are active locally, and many 
are, likewise, interested in national involvement. You 
can help by supporting the 1973 National BYC Financial 
Budget through the August Ingathering. 


Don't forget to reserve a showing date for SL-P105, 
a 36-slide promotional presentation on the 1972-73 
National BYC Financial Budget. Narration will be pro- 
vided on either cassette or 5-inch reel-to-reel tape (please 
specify). Also include three choices for showing date, 
your name and address, and your church name. There 
is no rental charge. 

Pag« Thirty 

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• • • 



On Saturday, Dec. 16 Kristin' 
Heist and Greg Parsons wer 
married in the Canton Church b. 
Pastor John Byler. Kris and Gre 
are both members of the Canto 
Church and they travelled to Ca 
ifo-mia to live while Greg serves i 
the Marine Corp. That same wee 
Kris graduated with honors fror 
Asliland College. 


Mrs. Elda A. Deeter, 85 of Rt. 5, 
Topeka, Kansas died Wednesday, 
December 27, 1972 in a Topeka 

She suffered a fractured liip in 
the past and was convalescing quite 
well when she suffered a heart 
attack. She was born in Norton 
County on October 3, 1887 and 
moved to Topeka, Kansas in 1952 
with her husband, the Rev. W. R. 
Deeter. Rev. Deeter was a retired 
pastor of The Brethren Church and 
preceeded liis wife in death on 
December 25, 1963. 

Mrs. Deeter is survived by two 
sons, Loyde E. Deeter, and Vail E. 
Deeter. Two sisters, Mrs. Ollie 
Reager and Mrs. Mabel Vancouver. 
Two brothers, Ray Temple and Ed 
Temple. Six grandchildren and 10 

The funeral service was conducted 
by a grandson, Rev. Mark L. Deeter 
with another grandson and his wife, 
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Deeter partici- 
pating in the service in providing 
the singing of two favorite hymns. 
The Old Rugged Cross and On Zion 


Interment was made in the 
Rochester Cemetery, Topeka, Kans. 


Word has come to the editor's 
desk of the tragic traffic deaths of 
Mr. and Mrs. Grover Snyder, moth- 
er and stepfather of Wadena Wertz, 
widow of Walter Wertz who passed 
away last September. 

Mrs. Snyder was a life member 
of the Conemaugh Bretliren Church 
and a member of the Florence 
Gribble Sunday School Class and 
Golden Age Club. 

Mr. Snyder was a retired engin- 
eer of the Pennsylvania Railroad. 
He served as a deacon of the Cone- 
maugh Brethren Church, was a 
member of the Walter Wertz Bible 
Class and Golden Age Club. 

Funeral services were conducted 
by Rev. Don Rager. Interment of 
Mrs. Snyder was at the Headrick 
Cemetery; Mr. Snyder at Forest 
Lawn Cemetery. 


On Wednesday evening, Decembe 
27 Jeanne Byler and Bruce Judisc 
were united in marriage at th 
Canton Church. Rev. John Brown 
berger and Rev. John Byler offic 
ated at the ceremony. Bruce is ser 
ing with the Air Force in Californj 
so this couple is also living i 
California at the present tim 
Jeanne is the daughter of our Paste ■ 
and Mrs. John T. Byler. 


Mr. and Mrs. Mervin Hinsch, 50 
anniversary, January 14, Sou 
Bend, Indiana. 


Canton, Oliio — 4 by Baptism 

January 27, 1973 

Page Thirty-one 



Installation and watch-night service at ' 
Roanoke Brethren Church 
Roanoke, Indiana 

On Sunday evening, December 31, 1972 the Roanoke 
iFirst Brethren Church held an Installation service for 
their new pastor, Rev. Mike Hurd, with Rev. Arthur H. 
rinkel presiding. Rev. Tinkel, in addition to being a 
public school teacher and principal, has served the 
Brethren Church for many years as a pastor. Rev. 
Tinkel is on the Indiana Ministerial Examing Board and 
District Evangelist charged with the oversight of the 
First Brethren Church of Roanoke. 

Rev. Hurd and his wife, Corina moved from Cheyenne 
to Roanoke just before Thanksgiving. They have two 
jchildren, Timothy age 8 and Rachael age 4. 
(, After the Installation service refreshments were 
served in the basement of the Church (finger food), 
and an open house was held at the parsonage. The 
Watch-Night concluded with a midnight oandlelighting 
service conducted by Rev. Hurd. This truly was a mem- 
orable evening for the Roanoke Brethren and all who 
attended were greatly blessed. 

Rev. Arthur H. Tinkel; Rev. Mike Hurd; 
Rachael; Timothy and Mrs. Mike (Corina) Hurd. 

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In This Issue: 

4 Missionary News 

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by Ralph L. Byron, M.D. 

W Poetry Corner 

J 2 News From The Brethren 

24 Laymen News 

J 5 History of the Brethren Church 
Lanark, Illinois 

20 World ReUef Report 

22 The Economics of Endemic MonoUngualitis 
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24 World Religious News in Review 

25 Cheep Advice— Laff-A-Little 

26 Board of Christian Education 

29 Sharpened Words 
KEY 73 article 





Due to the planned retirement of Pastor Hayes Logan 
about July 1, 1973, The Brethren Church congregation 
will be interested in corresponding with a pastor inter- 
ested in filling this pastorate. Correspondence can be 
addressed to: 

LaRue Sipes, Secretar>- 

% The Brethren Church 

Linwood, Maryland 21764 


In the January 13, 1973 issue of THE BRETHREl 
EVANGELIST, The First Brethren Church of Sarasob 
Florida was inadvertedly omitted from the list of coi 
tributors to THE BENEVOLENT BOARD. Their co: 
tribution of $278.80 should have been included with tl 
Florida portion of the repvort. Our apologies for th 


Clarence Kindley is now serving as Treasurer of the 
Indiana District Board of Christian Education. Please 
send all gifts to the following address: 

Clarence Kindley 

Twelve Mile, Indiana 46988 

The MUledgeville Brethren Church has 26 black choir 
robes (with white collars) to donate to a Brethren 
Church in need of same. Please contact this address 
if interested: 

The MiUedgeville Brethren Church 

Milledgeville, Illinois 61051 


Many a stormcloud gathering o'er us 

Never come to bring us rain; 
Many a grief we see before us 

Never comes to give us pain. 
Oftimes in the feared tomorrow 

Sunshine comes, the cloud is gone; 
Look not then in foolish sorrow 

For the trouble yet to come. 

— author unknown 

■ebruary 10, 1973 

Page Three 


By the Way 




Calling Our Continent to the Resurrection is the 
heme of Phase Three of the KEY 73 program which 
Jenotes our theme far this Conference Year, CALLING 

Dr. BUI Bright, from Campus Crusade for Christ, 
;hairman of phase three says, "The greatest source of 
nanpower for fulfilUng the Great Commission in this 
generation is represented by millions of laymen in 
::hurches of all denominations, waiting to be mobilized, 
xained, and discipled to take the good news of our living 
Lord's love and forgiveness to our nation and, in coop- 
jration with our brothers in other lands, to the entire 

Easter wiU soon be observed by the whole Christian 
ivorld and is the very core of the Key 73 program and 
>f the erutire Christian faith. If this were not so, there 
would be no opportunity for the millions of professing 
christians to witness. With this at the heart of KEY 73 
ts witness has a message as well as the indwelling 
power of the Resurrection. 

In this, one of the two most important days in the 
Christian calendar, the opportunity to shun apathy 
and a "let George do it" attitude to witness to a world 
which is coming dangerously close to becoming more 
jpaganistic should have a very special meaning. 

There is a question that has been tossed around 
rather loosely, lo these many years, that of "Am I my 
brother's keeper?" The event of Easter and its sig- 
nificance of life after death should be a most concise 
answer to this question. This is no time for Christians 
to absolve themselves of this responsibility and leave 
it up to 'the good Samaritan.' The number of good 
Samaritans is few and the injured by the wayside are 
numbered by the miUions. 

The Church has a three-faceted outreach for evan- 
gelization: direct, indirect and directed. Direct witness 
is the projected KEY 73 approach, that of personal con- 
frontation — one witness presenting the offer of salva- 
tion to one sinner. We may have noticed that this 
approach was primarily used as Christ led the woman 
of Samaria to a new Ufe, a very new life. 

Indirect witness uses other forms of ministry^ e.g., 
teaching, heaUng, and bringing comfort, to arrive at 
tlie greater need of a personal Saviour. Directed wit- 
nessing is sharing the Gospel of Christ through a 
structured program. A program similar to one Christ 
utilized as He sent out the Twelve and the Seventy 
with a special commission and detailed instructions for 
evangelizing their world. 

We are now challenged to evangelize our world 
through the program of ICEY 73. 

The first phases of this program have already been 
implemented, that of universal prayer and the distri- 
bution of the textbook, the Bible. Now is the time to 
go fishing, this time with unusual tackle. This time 
to heed the words revealed to us in Matthew 4:19 
"Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." 

The equipment and methods for this type of directed 
witnessing can be utUized in many different ways and 
through the use of many talents. A very good source 
of information in what is available and who can be 
used can be found in the Congregational Resource 
Book for the Key 73 Program. 

This year's Easter Sunday could be one of the most 
enlightening experiences in the lives of thousands of 
souls who never really knew what this holiday 
signified. (G.S.) 

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As -pesr our stated policy we are herewith publishing a list of the giving of our 
Brethren Churches for both Home ancj World Missions for the period January 1 
through December 31, 1972. Our last published report in the September 9, 1972 issue 
of the BRETHREN EVANGELIST listed these contributions for the first half of 
1972 for the benefit of those churches still making the transition to the calendar year 
as their fiscal year. That half year report is included in this report for the entire 

It is because of this support from the Brethren that our World and Home 
Missions ai'e able to grow in greater outreach for our Lord. 


Home Missions 

World Missions 




Southeastern District 




$ 330 

$ 2,819 

Mt. OUvet 
Mt. Pleasant 
Quiet Dell 









Kimsey Run 









Valley (Jones Mills) 







Lost Creek 



Waynesboro (Wayne Heights) 
White Dale 






Oliio District 




Akron (Firestone Park) 

$ 109 

$ 80 

Mt. Olive 



Ashland (Park St.) 



Oak Hill 



Ashlajid (Garber) 






Canton (Trinity) 



St. James 



Columbus (Cooperative) 



St. Luke 



Dayton (Hillcrest) 









Pennsylvania District 






$ 4,752 




Brush Valley 



























New Lebanon 



Johnstown (First) 



North Georgetown 



Johnstown (Second) 



Pleasant Hill 



Johnstown (Third) 









West Alexandria 









February 10, 1973 

ndiana District 


$ 28 

$ 291 

Brighton Chapel 





, 1,023 




Center Chapel 



College Comer 






County Line 












Elkhart (Winding Waters) 






Fort Wayne (Crestwood) 




































New Paris 



North Liberty 



North Manchester 















Page Five 

South Bend 















Central District 

Cedar FaUs 

$ 249 

$ 377 

Cerro Gordo 















Midwest District 


$ 10 

$ -0- 







Falls City 



Fort Scott 









Northern California District 


$ 673 

$ 1,075 







Southwest District 

Papago Park 

$ 218 

$ 1,424 





St. Petersburg 

$ 203 

$ 305 





Jerry and Cheryl Grieve 

c/o Hong Secondary School 

P.M.B. 2016 

Hong via Yola, North East State 

Nigeria, West Africa 

Juan and Maria Miranda 
c/o Instituto Biblioo Eden 
Soldini (Pcia. Santa Fe) 
Argentina, South America 

Kenneth and Jeannette Solomon now on furlough can be reached at: 
705 Grant Street 
Ashland, Ohio 44805 

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^i . fm A Howe Mission Ministnj in $1. Peferskri, floiida 
-^i^Si'A ^ Reporters: © 

^->^ Phil S, Jean Lersch 

Bonnie Manson -, . 


Each Thursday morning Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Tracy 
come to Brethren House to assist Bonnie in the countless 
tasks required to provide the variety of learning and 
enriching experiences for the children who participate 
in the week-day program. One recent Thursday, Mr. 
and Mrs. Dwight Miller joined the work crew and helped 
"move mountains of work." 

On Saturday mornings Bill Bronson and Dwight 
Miller have given a hand with the upkeep of Brethren 
House by painting and scrubbing on the outside of the 
house. Mark Holsinger continues his janitorial duties 
of cleaning, mowing, trimming and weed-pulling. 

All of these workers help provide a sanctuary in this 
neighborhood for children and young people caught 
in a hectic, problem-ridden society. Because of the labor 
of these dedicated Christians the spirit of Christ is free 
to minister to the many needs of the 150-200 who come 
to Brethren House. 



Have you ever lived in a stable? I have! Well, almost. 
Living in Brethren House provides many unforseen 
benefits. If I had known what was in store for me here 
before I came — I'd have come sooner! 

About the stable — the first week in December we 
decided to create an atmosphere of Bethlehem to make 
the nativity come alive. The back porch was converted 
into a stable by adding a full size manger, blankets 
for covering windows and walls, and two bales of hay. 
(Though the odor isn't bad, I still think of horses every 
time I go to the kitchen.) 

In order to involve the children in the project we 

invited six kids on a Thursday afternoon, which has i 
been set aside for just such special projects, and asked " 
their assistance in setting the scene. These children were | 
five through nine years old. 

The ideas flowed and the exdtemenit grew as the 
hay was scattered and the manger was nailed together. 
Large pieces of cardboard inspired young artists and 
soon we had 3-foot cut-out figures of Mary, Joseph, one 
king, a donkey, a camel, a pig, a sheep and two mice. 
AH of this arose out of the simple question, "What do 
you suppose was in the stable the night Jesus was 



On Sunday mornings at Brethren House during the 
time of individualized activities, "junior teachers" have 
been guiding learning. As children arrive they are 
matched with a leader a Uttle bit older who helps with 
reading and understanding directions. These two or 
three matched students become a Learning Team. 

Listed on a chalk board are various activities tc 
choose from. Then the teams can select amy of these 
activities in any order. One Sunday the board containeci 
these choices: 

taped* Scripture (office) 

taped* illustrated hymn (brown table) 

taped* music (piano) 

pictures (carrell) 

book (John's comer) 

Advent tree (block room) 

Advent candle (craft table) 

Illustrated hymn assembling (table) 
(* with headsets) 
All of the "input" for each morning centers arounc 
the theme for that day: One December Sunday- 
Annunciation to Zacharias and Birth of John the B4^ 
tist; another Sunday — Annunciation to Mary and th<' 

Since the children who attend on Sunday momingi' 
do not always come after school during the week, w« 
can use the same taped presentations and craft activi 
ties for the weekday program. Using the material Sun 
day is good "field testing" and provides us with e> 
perienced helpers throughout the week in those wh'' 
do return. 




"If redemption is in our lives 
we ore qoing to talk obout it. 
We cannot keep it. As Christ 
gave Himself, we ore expect- 
ed also to give ourselves." 
— Noel Perkin 


■>bruary 10, 1973 






























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lappy New Year! Isn't it wonderful to have a whole 
.ew year ahead of you? I think I always get more ex- 
ited at the beginning of something. I don't know if 
ou have this problem but sometimes I sort of slow 
own toward the end. Like now for instance, I'd rather 
ot go back to school. I was excited in September but 
ow not so much. 

I hope that your Sisterhood Society's are not like 
tiat. But ... I am going to review a few things with 
ou and attempt to help you keep from slowing down 
ight now. 

Our project for this year is helping with the work 
t St. Petersburg, Florida through supporting Bonnie 
dunson. Bonnie is working at Brethren House with Phil 
nd Jean Lersch for the second year. Their ministry 
- mainly (not totally) to the youth in their community. 
f >ou were at Conference this past year, you'll remem- 
ber they had a Children's Learning Center set up in 
'ark Street Church's basement. It was fantastic to see 
.11 the stories, projects, crafts, games, equipment, and 
)lay areas. Each had a specific purpose or theme woven 
hrough it. Jesus Christ was presented uniquely and 
ealistically to each child in some way. This is a great 
ind wonderful service so let's each one work a little 
larder and show Bonnie that we are really behind her 
'ill the way. 

I suppose it's a little early to be talking about Con- 
erence but I shall anyway. State Conference is the 
irst on the calendar and sometimes forgotten. Girls, 
'our state officers are working hard and reaUy need 
'our support to have a successful program so don't 
orget them. 

National Conference — If you've ever been to National 
Conference, you'll be less Ukely to forget it. We officers 
'lave already begun to prepare the program for Confer- 
ence but like the state officers we need your help. If you 
ire asked to do something at Conference please con- 
sider it prayerfully and then let us know. We really 
•vant to have the best year ever and we can do it. 

by Sherry Barnhart 

Dues. Dues. Dues. This month is the month for dues 
so let's get with it and send them in if you haven't al- 
ready. They are due in by January 31. State dues go to 
your state treasurers and national dues to Miss Cathy 
Harding who lias a new address — Route 2, Box 240B, 
Ashland, Ohio 44805. 

It won't be long until it's time for statistical blanks 
to be turned in. They are very important so please watch 
for them in the Evangelist. Also any girls who are 
tlainking of attending Ashland College this fall, the 
Sisterhood offers a $150 scholarship. Watch for the 
application form for it too. 

Last month, I wrote about a service project that Mrs. 
Dickson suggested and her idea was really good. We 
girls can sew for World Relief. You know even if that 
idea turns yoti off, your group could still get involved 
in a service project in your homes, church or com- 
munity. I really enjoy doing something for others and 
I bet most of you do too. Why not think about it and 
then get busy and do something about it. Jesus told us 
that whatever we have done unto the least person, we 
have done unto Him also. 

All I ask and more importantly all God Eisks is that 
we do our best. So if we each Oine resolve to do our very 
best, our Sisterhood will be a better organization. 
Right? Right! 


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by Ralph L. Byron, M.D 

As a Christian looking at a world on the brink ol 
disaster, I have prayerfully looked at the job to be 
done, reviewed my own experience in getting the Gospel 
to the LOST, and asked myself how can it be done. 
As a part of this, I have studied the Book of Acts. The 
early Christians were essentially laymen like you and 
me. They traveled eveiyvvhere carrying their message 
with them and "turned the world upside down." They 
lacked what we have today in the mode of travel and 
communication, but they made up for it with a zeal 
almost beyond our comprehension. 

There is a tradition that after Jesus ascended into 
Heaven the angels gathered Etround and wanted to 
know what went on during His thirty-three years on. 
planet Earth. Jesus told them of His early life, His 
Ministry, His disciples, the denial, the betrayal, the 
trial, and the crucifixion. The angels listened in amaze- 
ment. They couldn't believe that this could have hap- 
pened to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Then 
the Lord spoke of His resurrection and explained how 
it had been necessary for him to suffer and die to deal 
with man's sin and restore man's fellowship with God. 
The angels had difficulty grasping all of this, — but 
finally the angel Gabriel said, "Lord, wiU you let me 
carry this message to the world?" Jesus said. "No." 

The arch-angel Michael then said, "Surely Lord yoi* 
wUl entrust the message to me to give to the World.i 
The answer came, "No." A chorus of angels then askeq 
"How is it to be done?" Jesus said, "I have a handfU 
of followers and they wUl take the message to th^ 
World." The angels asked, "WiU you at this time givf 
them television, radio, and the jet airplane?" "No," tW 
Lord said, "They will carry it from house to housa 
village to viUage, and they wiU go everywhere spreading 
the Word." 

It has been my privilege to travel to many of tW 
areas of the world. This has enabled me to see tlK 
problems, needs, and the present situation as it is 
What an eye-opener it has been for me. Somehow 
have been lulled into a complacency and have con 
vinced ourselves that people are happy, contented, ani 
doing very well without Christ. As one takes a firrf 
hand look, he has a shattering awakening. People an 
miserable, wretched, and without hope without tW 

I have come increasingly to the realization that 1 
is urgent to help Christians to travel that they maj' 
have their eyes opened as I have. There is no better wa; 
to be challenged to present the Gospel than to see peopl 
in need as they hopelessly flounder without God. 

ibruary 10, 1973 

Pa£« Nine 

It is evident that layman must play a cenitral part in 
'■aching the world. Official religion has been so ruled 
It by many people that they do not frequent areas 
here they can hear the Gospel. More than ever, the 
unprofessional Christian must go to the unsaved. We 
ive unique opportunities to share the Gospel with our 
lunterparts: business men with business men, den- 
sts with dentists, etc. 

I had not done much witnessing to my peers until I 
ent into the armed forces. As an officer^ I found it 
'latively easy to witness to enlisted men, but I leift the 
ffieers alone. Why? I guess down deep I was afraid 
ley would redicule me, or reaot violently against me. 
hese were the men with whom I would be working 
II- the next 18 months. Somehow it was important to 
le what they thought! I was telling a minister friend 
f mine of the degree of success I had had sharing the 
jospel with the enlisted men. He turned to me with 
•ashing eyes — ^and said, "What about the officers?" 
^ather sheepishly I replied, "I haven't done anything 
fith them." He said, "You know there are many of 
is who have an opportunity to share the Gospel with 
,iie enlisted men — but most of us can't get near the 
ffieers." I heard the message loud and clear! ! From 
aat moment on the officers were for me a high priority 
aission field. 

Some years later I was privileged to go to Tokyo. I 
'as amazed at my opportunity to share the Gospel with 
jp doctors, scientists land government officials. Some- 
ow being a foreigner I was more acceptable to my 
'eers than I might have been at home. Standing before 
50 of the top biologic scientists I had shared so^me of 

our research, then the message of the Bible, and finally 
my own testimony. I closed with the statement, "You've 
probably wondered why I came to Tokyo." You could 
see all of the heads instinotively nod, "Yes." I continued, 
I didn't come to Tokyo because I didn't have enough 
to do, I do. I didn't come because I need more reputa- 
tion; I don't. I've come for one reason and that is to 
share Christ with .your doctors, your scientists, your 
professors, and your students!" I sat down. The Dean 
of the scientists rose to his feet and said in perfect 
English, "We are indeed impressed with your motive 
for coming to Japan, to help our doctors, our scientists, 
our professors, and our students." 

In analyzing the rather startling success that God 
gave me in Tokyo- — it appeared that there was a simple 
pattern: li Witnessing to one's peers has to have a 
top priority. 2i The Christian has to travel to the non- 
Christian. 3) The message has to be simple and straight. 

4) The undertaking has to be saturated with prayer. 

5) One's reputation has to be on the line for Gk)d and 

Tokyo was not an isolated situation, but in a sanise a 
prototype for sharing the Gospel far and near with one's 

In the busy hum-drum of every day Uving we need 
to go apart and fellowship with other believers. Travel- 
ing together naturally gives us an enriching time with 
other Christians. We find ourselves doing enumerable 
things together and unconsciously sharing and learning. 

WhUe in the Orient, I came in contact with an out- 
standing missionary. As we talked together it was soon 

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appai'ent that he was starved for a Christian of whom 
he might ask questions. He seemed to be leaning on my 
every word. As I was leaving, he said, "Do you mind 
if I ride the subway with you as you return to the hotel? 
You see, I have a pass and it won't be a finiancial hard- 
ship! I desperately want to be with you longer." As we 
rode the subway I breathed a little prayer, "Thank you 
Lord for such an opportunity." God had me there to 
meet a special need of this Christian. 

In Korea it has been repeatedly demonstrated that 
there is enormous value in getting people together for 
intensive Bible study. Tliis can naturally be incorporated 
into the travel schedule. A regular time daily can be 
made available for an indepth look at the Word of 

As I boarded the plane to fly to Guadacanal I breathed 
a prayer, "Lord help me to witness to everyone on this 
plane." The flight was to be 24 hours long. As I sur- 
veyed the passengers, I noted that there were 25 men — 
all destined to be commanding officers in their Marine 
units. Wonder of wonders there was one extra seat. This 
gave me an opportunity to change seats every hour and 
be next to a different officer and get the Gospel to him 
in a personal way. As we reached the island destina- 
tion I realized that God had answered my prayer; every 
man had heard the Gospel. 

Sometime back I was traveling by ship. Out of a clear 
sky I was approached and asked, "Will you teach us 
the Bible?" I answered, "Name the place and time and 
I wiU be happy to share the Bible with you." We were 
able to meet every day for nearly three weeks — as we 
were traveling. Although it was a group with limited 
general education and almost no knowledge of the Bible, 
the nearly 50 men soaked up the Scripture stnd the 
class was blessed far beyond expectation. 

Often we find ourselves in complete agreement will 
the Great Commission, but somehow never get undei 
way. We agree that a world without Christ is withou 
hope; that the command to go into all the world is clear 
that we are to be witnesses for Christ; and that \\ 
understand the commands and implications. Someho\ 
we just don't get started. It is believed that there ar 
30 million Bible believing evangelicals in America ari' 
the world population is 3.7 bUhoin. This means that i 
every Christian reached 125 people the job of evar 
gelizing the world would be completed. Certainly on 
begins by praying for wisdom, then go to a professiona 
travel expert and let them help you plan your trip fo 
optimum in travel. . Distinguished travel, like a flaw 
less jewel, reflects the integrity of its maker. 

Dr. Byron is Chairman of Surgery, Direcfo'l 
of 0)wologic and General Surgery at the City o.[ 
Hope's inteniutionaliy famous Research Medical 
Center and has been named to the City of Hope'] 
Hall of Fame. Dr. Byron is to be commended art' 
xulided as a great American and world renou 

Dr. Byron is in great demand as a noted Bihl 
scholar and speaker. He Itas authored more thai 
sixty papers in professio)tal journals. He is 
skilled jjliysician of the soul and body. A dynami 
man, and incurable optimist whose farorite «r 
pressicrn is sensational." 

ebniary 10, 1973 

Page Eleven 



How sweet it is to oome back home; 

To join old friends we've known; 
To reminisce about old times. 

My, how the years have flown! 

It seems it was but yesterday, 
But times has left its mark. 

We see some wrinkled faces now; 
Gray hair, that once was dark. 

The older folk, we well recall, 

But not the younger set. 
When we were in the neighborhood 

They weren't bom, as yet. 

It seems the children grow so fast. 

And change so very much. 
We shouldn't stay away so long; 

'Twould help to keep in touch. 

A joyous thing it is indeed 

To, once again, return, 
Renewing old acquaintances 

For whom our hearts did yearn. 

Some day, ere long — it may be soon— 
With Christ, we'll fly away. 

'Twill be a wonderful event; 
A great homecoming day! 

Norman McPherson 

Weir E. Tritch 

When you think of the flag — the Americaji flag. 
It should thrill you through and through. 
For that grand old banner men fight and die — 
To keep her up there in the blue. 

It has Uved through times both good and bad, 
It has stood for truth and might. 
Let us all be quick to respect it 
Whenever that flag is in sight. 

It was patterned, we aU know, by Betsy, 
She made herself famous that way. 
But she'd done just as much had she known 
She'd never get credit nor pay. 

'Twas the love that she had for her country, 
That gave her desire for the task. 
And the strength and the wisdom she needed 
God gave her the instant she asked. 

So the banner we have floating o'er us 
Is one which was sent from above. 
The blue signifies it's from heaven, 
The white symbolizes God's love. 

And down through the years that aire history. 
We see He knew what needs be 
For much blood has been shed in preserving 
This land of the brave and the free. 

So He showed in designing Old Glory, 
As a nation, we must mourn our dead, 
To keep us all faithful and humble 
Symbolized by the valleys of red. 

When we see, then, unfurling before us, 
The red and the white and the blue. 
Let's remember it stands for a nation 
Of people both staunch ajid true. 

Where the purpose of living is serving 
The Master who gave us this land 
And the stars and the stripes of Old Glory 
By His loving, omnipotent hand. 

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• • • 



Rev. Paul M. Naff, 74, of Rt. 1, 
McGaheysville, Va., died Thursday, 
December 28 at Rockingham Memo- 
rial Hospital. 

He was a graduate of the Bible 
Institute of Pennsylvamia In Phil- 
adelphia and was ordained by the 
Baptist Church in 1927. After be- 
coming a member and being or- 
dained by the Brethren Church, he 
served pastorates at Harrisonburg 
(Mountain Grove Cliapel), Roanin, 
Ind., Cumberland, Md., and Brush 
Valley and Vandergrift, Pa. 

Upon retirement in 1956 he re- 
turned to McGaheysville, Va. and 
was employed at the Virginia Crafts- 
man as a skilled artist with the 
carving chisel. 

Although retired for approximate- 
ly 16 years from active Brethren 
ministry, he gave signal service to 
the Brethren Church for about 20 

He is survived by his wife, Edith 
Lucille, and two sons: David A. a 
supervising technician at Sudan In- 
terior Missions radio station ELWA 
in Liberia, and James I. who is 
presently the pastor of the St. 
James Brethren Church. 

Sons David and James shared 
with other ministers in the memorial 
service at the Lindsey Funeral 

Home in Harrisonburg. Interment 
was in East Lawn Memoaial Gar- 
dens, Harrisonburg. 
• * « 


Susie Easterly, Edgerton, Ohio, 
died December 23, 1972 at the age 
of 85. She was a member of the 
Bryan First Brethren Church, Bry- 
an, Ohio, since 1924. Memorial ser- 
vices were conducted by Rev. M. W. 
Dodds with interment at Shiffler 




Miss Teresa Johnson beocime the 
bride of Mr. David Bairnhart on 
Tuesday evening, December 12, 1972, 
at the First Brethren Church of 
Gratis, Ohio. The double ring cere- 
mony was performed by Rev. 
William Walk. 

Mrs. Barnhart is the daughter of 
Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Johnson and 
Mr. Barnhart is the son of Mr. and 
Mrs. Virgil Barnhart (National Lay- 
men's Organization President). AU 
are members of the Gratis Church. 

Mr. Barnhart is serving in the 
U.S. Army and will be leaving for 
Germany shortly. 

Rev. and Mrs. Fred Vanator cele- 
brated their 65th wedding anniveri 
sary November 28, 1972. They are 
members of The First Brethren 
Church of Sarasota, Florida. 

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Frank cele- 
brated their 62nd wedding anniveri 
sary on December 1, 1972. They are 
members of The First Brethren 
Church of Sarasota, Florida. 

Mr. and Mrs. William Bixler eelei 
brated their 56th wedding anniveri 
sary on December 2, 1972. They are 
members of The PTrst Brethren 
Church of Sarasota, Florida. 

Mr. aind Mrs. Mervin Hinsoh 
celebrated their 50th wedding anni 1 
versary on January 14. They an 
members of The First Brethrer 
Church of South Bend, Indiana. 

Mr. and Mrs. Virgil DeMike cele 
brated their 50th wedding anniver 
sary on January 16. They are mem 
bers of The First Brethren Churcl 
of South Bend, Indiana. 


Sarasota, Fla — 9 by Baptism 
1 by letter 

February 10, 1973 



NOVEMBER 5, 1972, was a joyous day for the 
family of the First Brethren Church of Gratis, 
3hio. It was on that day tlie members and friends 
i2;athered for the dedlcaation of the new Christian 
Education facility. 

The days activities included the regular Sunday 
School and Morning Worship services, then at noon the 

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church provided a wonderful meal to all attending, 
followed by a song fesit, the dedicatory service and an 
open house. 

On Dec. 6, 1966, under the leadersihip of Rev. Thomas 
A. Schultz, a plan was undertaken to build much needed 
facilities for Christian Education. After several years 
of planning, praying and giving. Rev. William Walk and 
the congregation held a groundbreaking service on 
Sunday, October 17, 1971, with construction beginning 
November 1, 1971. After several delays caused by 
weather and slow arrival of materials, the new class- 
roo'ms were put into use in July 1972, with dedication 
set for Nov. 5, 1972. 

At the dedicatoiry service greetings of congratulations 
were read from: Rev. John Brownsberger and the Hill- 
crest Brethren Church; Rev. Thomas Schultz, former 
pastor now stationed with the U.S. Navy in CaUfomia; 
Rev. VirgU Myer, former pastor; Dr. Charles Munson, 
Ohio District moderator; and Rev. Smith Rose, Execu- 
tive Secretary of Central Council. Those in attendance 
who gave special greetings were: Rev. J. Edgar Berk- 
shire, former pastor; Rev. Percy MiUer, former pastor 
now serving the Gratis Church of the Brethren; Rev. 
Fred S. Hixson, pastor of the Gratis United Methodist 
Church; Rev. Bernie Lovely, pastor of the Gratis First 
Church of God; Rev. Gene Eckerley, pastor of the 
Pleasant HiU Brethren Church; and Mr. John Johnson, 
president of the Gratis town council. The dedicatory 
speaker was the moderator of General Conference and 
pastor of neighboring New Lebanon Brethren Church, 
Rev. Don Rowser. 

The new annex provides us with ten new classrooms, 
a new nursery, new restrooms, and a new Pastor's 
Study. In addition there was a new heating system for 
the entire building aind carpet in the Tiiew building and 
in the sanctuary. 


Youth Camping 

High School - June 24-30 

Junior High - July 1-7 

6th Grade - July 8-14 

4th and 5th Grade - July 15-21 

Cost is $27.00 

Desired: Adults and mature college age youth from Indiana District to volunteer 
a week's service. Interested persons should contact: 

Mr. Gary Taska 

683 W. Lexington Avenue 

Elkhart, Indiana 46514 

Pag« Fourteen 

The Brethren Evangelii, 


1972 N.LO. 


Our Laymen's Organization is not large as far ai~ 
numbers go, but the men have a good program of ac- 
tivities, projects etc. In January on their meeting night' 
a visit to the Hagerstown Rescue Mission was plainnec 
and taking charge of nightly services at the missions 
for several months is projected. 

Another project in the offing is the planning of having 
the church basement insulated and paneled. 


Newly elected officers of the local laymen's organ- 
ization are: President, Paul Yoder; Vice President, 
Eugene Robbins; Secretary, Herb Hofer; Treasurer, 
Sam Sansing. 

The nation's capitol is the scene of the signing and 
exchange of many notable documents and the photo- 
graph above is no exception. The National Lajonen's 
Organization, as one of its goals, accepted the challenge 
of the Mission Board to underwrite the restoration of 
storage facilities for missionaries serving on foreign 
assignments. The total cost of this project was $2,000.00 
and shown in photograph is Harold Babcock, left, re- 
tiring assistant treasurer of the National Laymen's 
Organization, presenting the check for fined payment to 
Robert Trout, right, a member of the Missionary Board 
of the Brethren Church. Needless to say, Brothers 
Babcock and Trout are residents of the Washington, D.C. 
area and both are officers of Waishington Brethren 

by Rodger Geaslen 

News has come to the editor's desk that James 
Payne, Treasurer of The National Layman Organization 
was hospitalized on December 12, 1972 for a ruptured 
disc received while harvesting. 

Surgery was performed after six days in traction and 
after a period of convalescence in the hospital, was 
released on January 5th. Word has it that Jim is up 
and around. 

The usual source, that little bird, reveals that Jim 
spent the biggest part of the time in the hospital taking 
advantage of the opportunity to witness to fellow 
patients and to members of the hospital staff. This 
sounds like a thing Jim would do. 

Jim lives at Route 2, Russiaville, Indiana 46979. 

bruary 10, 1973 

Page Fifteen 


The history of the church dates back to the early 
3;hties when the progressive movement in the Mother 
lurch was sweeping the land. The fu'st organized 
oup of this new branch was formed in the Dutchtown 
lurch near MiUedgeville aind the Lanark Church is 

out-growth of that church. Henry Holsinger organ- 
,?d the church on July 14, 1884 and Z. T. Livengood 
iS called as it's first pastor. The first members were 
r. and Mrs. William Herrington, Mr. and Mrs. D. S. 
chty, Sam Swigert, Miss Rettie Swigert and Carrie 
lompson. The Ed Dubbels were the first members 
Ided to this list. 

There was much opposition to the new movement and 
e early leaders worked under very difficult conditions, 
le first services were held in the old Bethel Church 
1 lower Main Street and in the fall of 1885 the Rev. 
ishor, a young Evangelist, conducted the first revival 
i-vices in the Baptist Church. The church now had 

members. The first Deacons were: William Herring- 
n, Cal Puterbaugh and Ed Dubbel. WUliam Herring- 
n was the first S. S. Superintendent, but his main 
'■ntribution was his ability as a song leader. 
By 1890 the place of worship was changed to the 
>nigregational Church building which stood on this 
resent site. The church knew no bounds and with the 
jue spirit of Christian worship grew very rapidly, 
uring the first nineteen years of his ministry Rev. 
vengood received 343 new members. This present 
jiilding was built and dedicated in December of 1895. 
le Rev. J. O. Tally preached the dedicatory sermon. 

The church was not a modem building but was 
lighted with kerosene lights and had no modern con- 
veniences. By 1919 this buUding was out grown and 
Sunday School rooms were added. Rev. B. T. Bum- 
worth was pastor during rebuilding and Rev. Beachler 
preached the dedicatory sermon on Feb. 23, 1919. 
Basement improvements were made in 1935 during the 
pastorate of G. T. Ronk. Rest rooms were added in 
1944. The ventilating system and kitchen were completed 
in 1949 as a project of the Builders Class. In 1952 the 

Congregatiovai Ch ui-rli — I86J4 

This engraving is made from a dra^ving done 
I 1864- by a ivife of one of the first pastors. The 
raiving also shows Dr. J. B. Porter's house, 
^hich later became the Speer's Funeral Home. 

The church building was erected in 1862, 
hough not completed until 186A. The cost of 
he structure ivas $1535. It ivas used by the mem- 
ers until 1890, tvhen the congregation was no 
mger able to support it for services. 

The Progressive Brethren congregation leased 
t for one year and then purchased it, using it 
■ntil 1895. 

The structure pictured above ivas moved to a 

lot back of the Auto Inn and remained at this 
location until it was consumed by fire in October, 

The original 7'are picture from ivhich this re- 
production was made was owned by Emma G. 
White, octogenarian who was a member of this 
church. (This Chm-ch history tvas able to include 
the story and photograph of this early church 
building through the courtesy of Earl Wilkins. 
Photographs of the present church with bell 
tower before being remodeled and of the original 
sanctuary were provided through the courtesy of 
the Ella Giddings estate. Editor's note) 

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The Brethren Evangelist 


ceiling of the sanctuary was lowered. The bell Eind 
tower were removed from the church and in memory of 
the church founders, the beU was mounted on a plat- 
form near the church. New pews, new worship center 
and complete carpeting were part of a remodeling 
project in 1968. In 1971 the church purchased property 
on the north which was made into a much needed park- 
ing lot. In the fall of 1970 work was beguin on the new 
narthex. It's completion was accomplished in the spring 
of 1972 with the installation of carpeting. A beautiftd 
stained glass window was given in memory of Ruth 
Diffenderfer and is located in the new narthex. Our 
church is still in the act of physical growth as a new 
pastors study is being added and the old study is 
readied for use as the church library. 

Memorial plaque presented by Harry Miller in mem- 
ory of Mrs. June Miller. The plaque is 18 inches by 
24 inches and is located near the entrance to signify 
our denominational bond. There are only two of these 
plaques, the other being located at Cedar Falls Brethren 

Sanctuunj before remodeliny 

Our present parsonage 

Our church is one of six located in an agricultur; 
community of approximately 3000. A new reoreation; 
home site development, "Lake Carroll," is affecting tli 
growth of our community and church outreach. Fam 
ing and several small industries provide most of tl 
occupations for our 207 church members. 

Sanctinirtj us it looks today 

ebniary 10, 1973 

Page Seventeen 

Some of the children of our 
Smidai/ Sriiool 

Our Sunday School tcdihers 
(Old officers 



Z. T. Livengood 
J. W. Beer 
D. W. Furry 
H. Welty 
Z. T. Livengood 
J. H. Knepper 
L. G. Smith 

D. F. Eikenberry 

B. T. Burnworth 
C Beeliley 

C. Mays 
H. D. Fry 
C. C. Grisso 
G. T. Ronk 

C. Zimmerman 

E. D. Burnworth 
W. D. Benishoff 
L. O. McCartneysmith 

D. C. White 
J. D. Hamel 

F. Berkshire 
M. Hawbecker 
R. Aspinall 
C. Stogsdill 
C. Y. Gilmer 
P. D. Steiner 

19 years 
6 mos. 

2 mos. 
10 mos. 
9 years 

1 year 

2 years 

3 mos. 
9 years 

1 year 

3 years 
2 yesirs 
5 years 
5 years 
2 years 
2 years 
2 years 

2 years 
5 mos. 

2% years 
5 years 
10 mos. Interim 

3 years 

4 years 
Present Pastor 


























We have had two ministers come from this church. 
John Knepper ordained by Rev. Livengood in 1910 aind 
Rev. Jerry Witt, who was ordained in 1966 and has 
served in Udell, Iowa, Mount City and Warrensburg, 

Pag« E^grhteen 

Tlie Brethren Evang:elist 

Pastor and Ji... ^ tinier, 
David and Jonathan 

Our communion table in 
October, 1972 

Organizations in the church include, Laymen, two 
W.M.S. groups. Signal Lights, Sisterhood, Junior and 
Senior Choirs and Senior B.Y.C. An addition to our 
regular Sunday morning service for the past year has 
been a Laity with Life program, (Lay persons giving 
their personal testimony or devotions). 

Our District Project has been the Cedar Fails Mission 
Church. We continue to support this worthwhile project. 
As the Lord continues to bless us both spiritually and 
materiedly, it is our prayer that we shall rise to the 
task of doing His work here on earth. 

The Lanark Church extends an invitation to any 
brethren traveling through the Midwest, to visit us. 
History compiled by 
Mrs. Gerald Martin 
Corresponding Secretary 

Our Church officers 

Rev. Paul Steiner 
present Pastor 

obniary 10, 1973 

Pag:e Nineteen 







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Pag« Twenty 

The Brethren Evang'elisti 


by Phil Lersch, Chairman 
Brethren World Relief Commiftee 

In April 1972, Pastor Lersch and John, his son, represented the Breth- 
ren Church on a three-week tour of six countries in Southeast Asia — spon- 
sored by the World Relief Commission of the National Association of 
Evangelicals. This is the SEVENTH in a series of reports to the denomina- 
tion about the trip. W.R.C. is the evangelical relief agency through which 
Brethren World Relief monies are channeled. 

A Visit to: A School for Deaf 

A Visit to: A School for Blind 


The second stop on this first afternoon in Korea was 
at a special school for the deaf. Classroom furniture 
was primitive, as were their sleeping quarters. But the 
160 students are receiving the special training that they 

One room was equipped with ear phones and special 
equipment to test and determine the hearing level of 
each pupil. Then personalized therapy can be desig:ned. 
One girl from this school, started with only a S^r hear- 
ing capacity, is now graduated from the University of 
Michigan where most of her grades were "A." 

Again, refreshments were served in the superin- 
tendent's office before we left. The hospitality was great. 
And, from the office window, we could observe the 
children playing on swings and teeter-totters below. 
There were some scraps too. Have you ever seen two 
kids argue in sign language? Very human, indeed 

Deaf children in the small play yard crowd 
the limited recreation equipment. 


As the superintendent of the school greeted the 12 
of us on the front steps, her assistants pinned an arti- 
ficial flower on each lapel. We learned later of the 
significance of these simple flowers. They were made 
by a blind girl, who started two months prior to our 
visit to complete the task in time. Need I say it? We 
still have the flowers in safe keeping at home. 

Touring the classrooms was an education in itself. 
Blind students were 

taking dictation with a punch card, 

learning addition with an abacus, 

writing via typewriters, 

"feeling" geography with relief maps, 

reading stories to us in Braile, 

and handling the world by means of a relief-mapi 
globe in the hallway. 

Following these samples of their education, we climbec 
the steps and crowded into a small, second-floor chape 
for the biggest spiritual treat of the day — singing b\ 
select groups of blind children. 
Older students sang 

"The Old Rugged Cross," 
"Low In the Grave," and 
a Mozart "AUeluia." 
Instrumental musicians (guitars, accordians, hai 
monicas) played 

"Battle Hymn of the Republic," 
A Polka, and 
"Turkey in the Straw." 
The youngest kids aimused us with 
"Tie Me Kangeroo Down," and 
"Oh, Suzanna." 
And the blind Girls' Trio beautifully presented 
"Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken," and 
"Steal Away." 

ebruary 10, 1973 

Paige Twenty-one 

> i roups of blind children aivu/i. nun 
to Ring hi the Chapel 


The brief program was highlighted with the presen- 
ition of a plaque to Dr. Everett Graffam, our tour- 
irector and Executive Vice President of W.R.C. A 
laque which read, 

"You tmve been very much concerned for the 
orphan children under my care and have shared 
your good love with them who are not able to 
see physically, the same as Jesus loves His 
Church and people. I would especially like to 
express my deep appreciation for the gift wliich 
allowed us to install electricity for the cattle 
farm wliich belongs to tliis institution." 

Signed: (The Director) 
Dr. Graffam accepted the citation on behalf of aU 
those American Christians who are a part of W.R.C. — 
38,000 evangelical churches. That includes our 120 
Brethren churches. And I was thankful again that we 
had helped do something valuable for some needy and 
appreciative people. 

Before we left, Dr. Paul FryUng presented a check 
to tJie superintendent as another expression of our love 
and concern for their spiritual and physical well-being. 
Then into the bus heading back to the hotel in Seoul, 
for a quick cleanup before a banquet in the evening. 
Talk about a full day. Remember, this one began in 
Tokyo — ^and it's not over yet. WOW! 
(Next — Supper at the Korea House) 

St. Petersburg, Florida 


Far East Broadcasting Company's shortwave radio 
tation KGEI with studios and transmitters in Redwood 
Sty, CsLlifornia, has initiated an international campaign 
f mercy dedicated to determining the health and wel- 
ire of the survivors of the Nicaraguan earthquake on 
)ecember 23. With special permission from the F.C.C. 
1 Washington, KGEI has dropped it's regular pro- 
ramming to carry on this international communication 

"bridge" sending messages from concerned friends and 
relatix'es in the United States, Canada, Central and 
South America to victims of the Nicaraguan disaster. 
Calls have come from Miami, Massachusetts, Panama 
and Mexico in Central America and many other loca- 
tions in America. The Organization of American States, 
the Inter American Development Bank, the Nicaraguan 
Embassy, and the House of the Americas in Washing- 
ton, D.C., faced with an almost total communication 
black-out to the Central American country, have sent 
hundreds of names via telecopier to KGEI for 

Local authorities iin the San Francisco Bay area have 
donated time and services to KGEI to assure that the 
effort is successful. KGEI is offering it's services of 
health and welfare to anyone in the Western Hemi- 
sphere desiring communication with NicEU-agua. Re- 
sponses to KGEI's special broadcasts from Nicaragua 
are received from smiateur radio operators in Managua 
and then are relayed by telephone to the interested 
persons in the United States, Canada and Latin 

KGEI, The Voice of Friendship, is a non-profit, non- 
commercial radio station owned and operated by the 
Far East Broadcasting Company, Whittier, Calif. 
Broadcasts include educational, cultural, and religious 
programs to all of Central and South America. 

Pag« Twenty-two 

The Brethren Evangelist 




by Donald N. Larson 

Dr. Larson is Professor of Linguistics and 
Anthropology and Chairman of the Social Science 
Department at Bethel College, St. Paul, Minn. 

FOR all his scientific understanding and technological 
know-how, the average American — if he should 
overhear a couple spealiing in a foreign language iin hiis 
favorite supermarket — is likely to chatter about it for 
a week. He has learned to harness new sources of 
energy, put men on the moon and control all manners 
of pests and diseases, yet he remains amazingly ignor- 
ant of language, his most distinguishing attribute. 
Indeed, "monoUngualitis" is endemic in the United 
States like in no other country of the world. 

The average American can scarcely believe it when 
he learns that nine out of ten humans do not speak 
English and sees little or no significance to the fact, 
once he accepts it. Yet Christians must take these facts 
seriously lest our ignorance cripple efforts to proclaim 
the gospel in every tribe, tongue and nation. 

Too m,any of us, naively concluding that these nine 
out of ten will — must — ultimately learn English, fail 
to realize that 5,000 Buhids in the mountains of the 
Philippines can keep secrets from 400 million of us, and 
so resist at least some of the pressures which English- 
speaking people create for them in today's world. 


Evidence of monoUngualitis is abundant. Just ask 
youir friends a few simple questions: How many lang- 
uages can you name? How many languages are there 
in the world? How many languages are spoken by a 
million people or more? Perhaps their answers will 
lead you to conclusions similar to mine. 

How many languages can the average person identify? 
The number varies widely, although certain patterns 
are evident. First, people name the language taught 
during school days: Spanish, French, German, and so 
on. When they run out of names in this category, they 
shift to the languages spoken by their Eincestors m the 
Old World. When this tack falls, they turn to countries 
currently in the news: Vietnamese, Arabic, Japanese,' 
etc., or even wild guesses like "Congolese," which refers 
to the people of Congo (Zaire), who actually speak 
scores of different languages. Then there are always 
a few sharpies who recall their geography and toss out 
guesses like Chinese, Dutch, Assamese, Estonian. 
Australian, Indian, South American, the last three ol' 
which are not names of languages at all! 

How many languages are there in the world? As 
yet nobody knows precisely, for pockets of people in 
isolated comers of the world are stiU being found whc 
speak one language only. Some of these have dwindled 
down to a few hundred members and are found toda) 
only in remote comers of Latin America, Africa and 
Southeast Asia. New Guinea alone, for example, ma\ 
have as many as 750 such groups, each with its owr 
language. But Americans usually fail to approach ever 
reasonable estimates, which today place the figurt 
somewhere between 3500 and 4000, excluding differ 
ences in dialect. 

How many languages are spoken by a million people 
or more? One would think that a million people speak 

February 10, 1973 

Page Twenty-three 

ng the same language would deserve at least a mention 
n school textbooks, yet it is anicizlng to fmd educated 
people guessing as low as "twenty-five or thirty" and 
is high as "five hundred or more." Americans seem 
to be unaware of the sheer numbers amd sdzes of the 
speech communities of the world, one analysis of which 
IS given in Figure 1. In fact, almost none of those inter- 
nogated were even able to name the five langimges with 
1 million or more speakers indigenous to our hemi- 
sphere: Aymara in BoUvia; Guarani in Paraguay; 
Mahuatl (Aztec) in Mexico; Quechua in Ecuador, 
Colombia, Peru and Bolivia; Haitian Creole in Haiti. 
3ome were shocked to discover that there were moTe 
than twenty such languages in India and Pakistan alone 
md fourteen in Russia, excluding Russian! Americans 
are indeed ignorant of these basic facts about the 
ivorld's languages. 


The causes of monoUngualitis run deep and are far 

too complex to treat in a few paragraphs. One explana- 
tion, however, is to be found in the nan-owness of public 
education, where a cursory examinatian of materials 
reveals a totally inadequate treatment of even basic and 
aasUy accessible facts about the speech communities 
of the world. The American press, radio and TV do 
little to expose the pubUc to the linguistic dimensions 
of our international involvements. The average citizen 
has almost no understanding of how languages are 
involved in international trade, summit conferences or 
peace talks. Without such exposure, he cainnot hope to 
understand the manifold problems running the gamut 
of human affairs that are generated by linguistic diver- 
sity in our world. 

Another explanation is to be found in the overpower- 
ing presence and prestige of Americans in the under- 
developed areas where linguistic diversity is at its peak. 
At home our melting pot philosophy tends to wash 
out the traces of ethnic diversity in the second or third 
generation of immigrants to our shores, so that today it 
lis impossible in moat States for a person to secure a 
jdriver's license if he does not know English, no matter 
|how well he can operate an automobOe. At the same 
jtime, the overseas American expects people to talk 
English to him and virtually ignores those who do not. 


For the average American the consequences of mono- 
Ungualitis are perhaps not too serious, but when we 
contemplate the fact that nine out of ten Christians 
speak English, the problem takes on serious propor- 
tions: our Christian resources seem to be locked up in 
the English-speaking world! It would seem that the 
language of Christian worship, service and education 
|Should be that of the home and the heart, not simply 
the one which happens to be prestigious in a given 
area. With countless numbers who can be reached only 
jvia their mother tonque, can the church rest on its oars 

iwhen it has planted itself only in the prestige language? 
Perhaps it can, but perhaps it must not! 
Consider what has happened. Our economic strength 
jhas made it possible for us to assume moat of the re- 
sponsibility for the international missionary effort in 
modern times, yet most of the resources are selfishly 
focused on the communioation of the gospel in English, 
[n so doing we have unwittingly served the cause of 

Americanization or Westernization by forcing upon 
others the burden to learn English. In many countries, 
for example, a national Christian cannot aspire to the 
high offices of his church unless he knows English. 

Gallons of ink are committed annually to the develop- 
ment and distribution of Christian Uterature in English, 
while only a few drops are oo-mmitted to the transla- 
tion of materials into other languages or for the support 
of those who can develop and distribute similar liter- 
ature in their own mother tongues. 

In no way should this be construed as a denial of the 
importance of English in the modern world, but it 
should serve to point out the serious economic effects 
of monolingualitis on our Christian mission. While we 
enjoy the luxury of reading any passage of Scripture 
in any one of a half dozen good translations, our Chris- 
tian brothers in far-off lands may have only a book or 
two of the New Testament in a language which is not 
even their mother tongue. While we browse through 
new titles every week at our favorite Christian book- 
store, our Christian brothers read and re-read the same 
few volumes until they are threadbare. 

Above and beyond the costs of translation, production 
and distribution of the Scripture and Christian literature, 
is the expense of Uteracy campaigns to enable i>eople to 
utilize the materials which are available. Countless 
numbers of people live in areas where socio-economic 
conditions make it virtually impossible for them to 
obtain materials, even Lf they could read them. Even 
more expensive is the provision of technioal help in the 
solution of tricky problems involving language struc- 
ture, writing systems and translation testing. 

Each is an obstacle to progress and an expensive one 
to overcome. Yet if we believe that the church is not 
really planted until it is using the vernacular of its 
community, it is an expense which must not be 


To treat our monolingualitis, we must not only be 
aware of it, but recognize its debilitating effects on our 
mission. Such treatment must be caiTied out along sev- 
eral fronts simultaneously. Religious periodicals must 
expose their readers to the issues stemming from the 
linguistic dimensions of missions. Schools and colleges 
must expose more of their students to the fundamental 
facts of Unguistic diversity. Local congregations must 
give more attention to these kinds of problems in mis- 
sionary programs and conferences. People must be 
awakened through every available medium to the sheer 
bulkiness of the problem of communicating the gospel 
to 3.6 bilUon people who say "Jesus loves you" in 3,500 
different ways. Until the masses of Christians are 
cognizant of the problem, the present patterns of 
allocating resources are not likely to be altered. Only 
when they begin to see how Christians and non-Chris- 
tians alike in the non-English-speaking world are 
neglected, wiU they review their present priorities and 
budgetary principles, find new alternatives and give 
new support to Christian brothers engaged in ministries 
involving other languages. 

In fact, to continue on our present course is indeed 
risky, for more persons are bom into the non-EngUsh- 
speaking world every day than into our own. At some 
point the tide will have to turn. Or better, we wiU have 
to turn it — and it will require all hands to do the job. 

Pag« Twenty-four 

The Brethren Evangelist 

World Religious News 

in Review 


Houston (EP) —Officials of the 
National Aeronautics and Space Ad- 
ministration iiere said tiiey have 
received 1,750,000 letters supporting 
the reading of the Bible in space by 
astronauts. Bible reading from space 
became an issue in 1969 when Mada- 
lyn Murray O'Hair, a professed 
Atheist, filed a suit in Austin, pro- 
testing the involvement of U.S. 
astronauts in reUgion — on the Earth, 
in space or "around and about the 


New York (EP)— More than 50 
school systems in 28 states offer 
reUgion courses in public education. 

according to the National Council 
on ReUgion on Public Education. 

Pennsylvania law requires each 
school district in its Commonwealth 
to offer the option of such a study. 
Florida's inclusion of religion in the 
approved social studies curriculum 
is a national model, according to 
the Council. 

The Supreme Court, many ob- 
serve, went out of its way foUowLng 
the landmark school prayer decision 
rejecting aU forms of worship in 
public schools, to encourage the 
study of reUgion in those schools. 
It is variously described as "objec- 
tive study," "teaching about reUg- 
ion," and "academic teaching of 

Educators are becoming convinced 
that am approach that strives to 
ignore reUgion's influence on man- 
kind is inadequate and distorted. 


DaUas (EP) — Colonel James 
Irwin has acknowledged his guUt in 
carrying unauthorized stamped sou- 
venir envelopes to the moon. "We 
thought we were doing the best 
thing for our families — but we were 
wrong," he told Baptist Press about 
himself and astronauts Al Worden 
and David Scott. 

The men decided not to accept 
their shai-e of a reported $150,000 in 
proceeds from the sale of the en- 
\'elopes in West Germany. 

The money would have gone into a 
trust fund for the astronauts' eight 
children, Irwin said. The Southern 
Baptist layman was reached by 
phone in Cali, Colombia, where he 
spoke to the Pan American Union 
of Baptist Men. 

"We acted in haste and under the 
terrific pressures of the pre — and 
post-flight schedule — but that does 
not excuse it," Irwin said. 

The 42-year-old command pilot for 
the ApoUo 15 lunar module for the 
National Aeronautics and Space Ad- 
ministration said a "spiritual en- 
counter with God on the moon 
played a major role in his individ- 
ual decision to refuse his share of 
the proceeds." 


Hurry the baby as fast as you can; 

Hurry him, worry him, make him a man. 
Off with his baby clothes, get him into pants; 

Feed him brain foods and make him advance. 
Hustle him as soon as he's able to walk 

Into grammer school; cram him wdth talk. 
Fill his poor head with figures, facts, 

Keep on a-jamming them untU it cracks. 
Once boys grew up at a rational rate; 

Now we develop a man whUe you wait. 
Rush him through college, compel him to grab 

Of every known subject a dip and a dab. 
Get him in business and after the cash 

All by the time he can grow a mustache. 
Let him forget he was ever a boy. 

Make gold his god and its jingle his joy. 
Keep him hustling and clear out of breath 

Until he wins — nervous prostration 
And death! 

— anon 

February 10, 1973 

Page Twenty-five 


A winner goes through a problem; a 
loser goes around it, and never really 
gets past it. 

You don't have to be veiy old to remem- 
ber when you could buy a fairly decent 
box of candy for what a fancy valentine 
costs today. 

Prayer can change afflictions into 
affirmatives, adversities into opportun- 
ities, and burdens into blessings. 

"Growing old is no more than a bad 
habit which a busy person has no time to 

The whisper of temptation is heard 
farther than the loudest call to duty. 

About the only thing that can't be im- 
proved by taking some special vitamin 
is common sense. 

You can always recognize a wise man 
by the smart things he does not say. 


A proud father phoned the newspaper 
and reported the birth of his twins. The 
girl at the news desk didn't quite catch 
the message. "Will you repeat that?" she 
asked. "Not if I can help it," replied pop. 

Barber: "Your hair is getting very gray. 

Customer: "I'm not surprised. Hurry 


A young man who was about to enter 
medical college told his father that he 
decided he would major In obstetrics. 
"What do you waimt to do that for?" in- 
quired his father. "By the time you grad- 
uate, like as not some other doctor wlU 
have found a cure for it." 

The little girl was moving with her 
family from a smEdl towm in lUinois to 
Boston. Saying her prayers the last night 
in her old house, she solemnly ended with, 
"God bless Mommy, Daddy, Freddie and 
Susy . . . and this is good-bye^ God, we're 
moving to Boston." 

First actress: "I wonder if my public 
will still appreciate me when I'm old and 

Second actress: "Why, of course they 

Chief of Detectives: "Can you give a 
description of your missing casWer?" 

Banker: "He is about five feet five 
inches tall and ten thousand dollars 

They tell the story of an elderly gentle- 
man, wealthy and very deaf, who came 
into a store and bought a very fine im- 
proved hearing aid. Two weeks later he 
came back to the same clerk and reported 
hearing fine — could even heai- the con- 
versations in an adjoining room. 

"Well," said the delighted clerk, "your 
friends and relatives must be very happy 
that you can hear better." 

"Oh, I haven't told them," said the man. 
"I've been sitting around listening — ^and 
do you know what? I've changed my wiU 
twice already." 

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The Brethren Evangelist i 





March is World Missions Emphasis month. The Resource Library of the Audio- 
Visual Dept. contains several items, both from a general missions viewpoint and 
from a specifically Brethren viewpoint. Since we have only one copy of many of 
these items, it is important tiiat you order early and list several choices. See the 
AUDIO-VISUAL GUIDE for ordering procedure and for other items of interest. 

Bretlvren World Mission Work (order from either Missionary Board or from A-V 
Dept., Board of Christian Education) 

FS-P301 COME LIVE WITH US— 13 minutes (record); rental— free. This strip, 
though not directed specifically to Brethren work, shows the work of 
Wycliffe Translators in New Guinea, which is similar to that of the 
Grieves in Nigeria. Recommended for junior high through adults. 

FS-P302 12 WEEKS TO SURVIVAI^IT minutes (record) ; rental— free. Another 
general description of the work of Wycliffe Translators, dealing with 
jungle training of workers. Recommended for junior high through adults. 

FS-P304 NIGERIA: PARTNERS IN WITNESS— 20 minutes (record); rental- 
free. Produced by the Church of the Brethren, this strip describes the 
mission work in Nigeria. Recommended for junior high through adults. 

SL-P305 BRETHREN MISSIONS IN NIGERIA— 46 Color sUdes, manual (no re- 
corded narration! ; rental — free. Produced by the Missionary Board of 
the Brethren Church in 1971 and updated. Recommended for juniors 
through adults. 

SL-P306 ARGENTINA — 37 color sMdes, manual (no recorded narration) ; rental- 
free; Produced by the Missionary Board of the Brethren Church in 1971 
and updated. Recommended for juniors through adults. 

SL-P307 BRETHREN MISSIONS IN INDIA— 38 color sUdes, maual (no recorded 
narration) ; rental — free. Produced by the Missionary Board of the Breth- 
ren Church in 1971 and updated. Recommended for juniors through 

manual (no recorded narration) ; rental — free. Shows how our Brethren 
Missions are involved in relief work overseas. Produced by the Missionary 
Board of the Brethren Church in 1972. Recommended for juniors through 

February 10, 1973 

Page Twenty-seven 



World Mission Stories and Motivation (order from the A-V Dept., BCE) 

FS-V108 I MET A GUY— 10 minutes (tape or cassette) ; rental— $1.00. Tells the 
story of Don Robertson, a flyer for Missiotiiary Aviation Fellowship who 
was killed in a plane crash. It presents the work of mission pilots and 
makes a strong appeal to youth — this is one type of Christian service 
available to those who want the get away from "everything being the 
same." Rated excellent for youth and adults, (donated by Missionary 

FS-M201 BANTU (TALES OF JUNGLE CHILDREN)— 10 minutes (record); 
rental — $1.00. Bantu is a little African boy who disobeys his mother. His 
disobedience results in his almost being eaten by a crocodile. A missionary 
shows Bantu his need of Jesus Christ to renew his disobedient heart. 
Recommended for primaries and juniors. 

FS-M202 PEDRO AND THE BRIGHT CITY— 10 minutes (record) ; rental— $1.00. 
Pedro is a boy of Peru who hears about heaven and has a big problem. 
The aim of this filmstrip is to bring the child to the knowledge of heaven 
and a consciousness of sin, so that he wiU see his need of a Savior and 
receive Jesus Christ into Ms heart. Recommended for primaries and 

CHRISTIAN FRIENDS IN OTHER LANDS Series (4) ; rental— $1.00 each or $3.00 
for entire series. Four delightfully warm and humorous stories about boys and 
girls who hve in other parts of the world, and bow Christian missions have 
touched their lives. Recommended for primaries and juniors. 

JUANITO FINDS A FRIEND (MEXICO)— 10 minutes, (record). 

KALU, THE SINGING SWEEPER (INDIA)— 10 minutes, (record). 

KUMBI MAKES A PRAYER (CONCJO)- 11 minutes, (record). 



CHRISTIAN FRIENDS AROUND THE WORLD Series (4); rental— $1.00 or $3.00 
for entire series. Four absorbing sitories that take the viewers to exciting far-off 
places and show how Christian faith is helping boys and girls hve more abun- 
dant lives. Recommended for primaries and juniors. 

FS-M207 I. APPOINTMENT WITH HONOR (JAPAN)— 12 minutes, (reoo-rd). 


FS-M209 III. ALI, OF THE CAROB TREE (JERUSALEM)— 13 minutes, (record). 










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Sparks Deliberation of Trends In 
Christian Education at 1 0th Annual 
Denominational Services Conference 

What's happening in the churches? was the provoca- 
tive discussion of sixty executives representing twelve 
million church members of twenty denominations as 
they met this week in the 10th annual Denominational 
Services Conference sponsored by Gospel Light Publi- 
cations of Glendale, California. 

One of the keynote speakers posing this question at 
the conference opening was Rev. David Noreen_ Execu- 
tive Secretary of Cliristian Education of the EvangeUcal 
Church of America. 

"In discussion workshops conferees addressed them- 
selves with intense interest to the place of Christian 
Education in the church, future trends, and the im- 
portance of effective curriculum," according to Dean 
A. Dalton, G/L's Vice President of DenomLniational 
Services. "Workshop discussions also centered around 
new curriculum developments, teacher leader educa- 
tion, family life education and community outreach 
from a Biblical perspective — all tied to the conference 
theme "Jesus Christ, the Same, Yesterday, Today and 

Gospel Light is one of several independent publishers 
of Christian Education materials in the United States, 
supplying many of the participating denominations with 
their Sunday School curriculum materials. 

The conference was also significant because 1973 
marks Gospel Light's 40th anniversarj' year. Its begin- 
ning came about in 1933 after Dr. Henrietta C. Mears 
determined to have planned Bible stud.y materials for 
the First Presbyteriajn Church of HoUywood where she 

was Christian Educator Director. The growth of the 
Sunday School was so phenomenal that other churches 
asked to share the materials. Today Gospel Light sup- 
plies more than 40,000 churches in 60 denominatiorLS 
with its more than 1700 products. 

Other keynote speakers during the conference were 
Dr. Vernion Grounds, President of the Conservative 
Baptist Theological Seminar j' in Denver; Dr. RajTnond 
C. Ortland, Senior Minister of Lake Avenue Congre- 
gational Church, Pasadena; Mr. Norman Wright, Assis-. 
tant Professor of Christian Education, Talbot Theo- 
logical Seminarj' in Los Angeles; Dr. Lloyd OgUvie, 
Senior Minister of the First Presbyterian Church ot 
Hollywood; Dr. William Bright, President of Campus 
Crasade for Christ International whose life was greatl\' 
influenced by G'L's founder. Dr. Mears, in whose home' 
Campus Crusade was begun; Dr. Wilbur Smithy world 
renowned Bible teacher and scholar; and Mrs. Ethe' 
BaiTett, nationally known story teller and author of f 
number of books. 

Presentations of various facets of G/L's Christiai 
Education curriculum program were directed by Dr 
Milford S. Sholund, G L's Vice President of Publica 
tions. G/L's International Center for Learning made ; 
special presentation of its program for helping churche; 
develop strong Christian Education leadership. 

Representatives from the following denomination 
participated: Baptist General Conference, Brethrei 
Church, Conservative Baptist Association, Christian an' 
Missionan' Alliance, Conser\'ative Congregational Chris 
tian Churches, Church of God Seventh Da.y, Evangelica 
Free Church, Evangelical Methodist Church, Evangelica 
Mennonite Brethren, Evangelical Covenant Churches 
Church of Lutheran Brethren, International Foui 
square Church, Friends United Meeting, Free Wil 
Baptists, Fellowship of Brethren Churches, Mennonit 
Brethren Churches, Missionarj' Church, North America 
Baptist General Conference, United Methodist Churcl 

— A Gospel Light Publications News ReleEise, 1/5/7 

^ebi-uary 10, 1973 

Page Twenty-nine 


rIE Bible has been many things to many people. 
Some are content to use it as a history book, as a 
[terary anthology, or as a book or proverbs of pithy 
But for Key 73 and its effoit to reach the entire North 
.merican Continent for Christ, the Bible is far more. 
p its own words, "The word of Gkid is quick, and power- 
Ul, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing 
(Ven to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit" (He- 
rews 4:12). Unless these "sharpened words" are the 
lUtting edge of Key 73 witness, the results will be 


I In view of the milUons of copies of the Word which 
|re readily available to the population of North 
Imerioa, one would be tempted to ridicule the idea 
pat there is a famine for the Word of God. But while 
pe granaries are full, there are millions stiU who do not 
at. A huge portion of our continent has flagrantly re- 
iudiated the Word of God, choosing rather to feed on 
le impoverished ideas of humanism and relativism, 
i Others, even amid the plenty, do not know how to 
ipen the storehouse of God's Word. But no matter what 
liay be the reason, multitudes are dying for lack of 
'le living Bread. They need concerned Christians who 
now how to dispense the Food to starving souls. Some 
lust be persuaded, with sharpened words, that God's 
/ord is the food they so desperaitely need. Others stand 
'ith outstretched hands, waiting. . . . 

While milUons of unchurched North Americans starve 
for lack of spiritual sustenance, altogether too many 
Christians suffer from spiritual malnutrition. They are 
undernourished simply because they fail to find time 
to spend in tlie Word of God. The Bible has IttUe oppor- 
tunity to become sharpened words in their own lives. 
Therefore, after an initial emphasis on repentance and 
prayer. Key 73 moves to Phase Two in wliich a major 
focus is placed on the Word of God, both as the moti- 
vation and the means of evangelism. 

Without a revival of Bible reading by Christians, 
spiritual life will wither further (Psalm 1). Daily delight 
in the Word of God denotes daily deUght in God Him- 
self (Psalm 1:2). Neglect of the Word of God is neglect 
of the God of the Word. Preference for other things 
over God's Word reveals our misplaced confidence in 
man's ways (Isaiah 53:6). 

Success in evangeUsm depends ultimately upon faith 
in a completely trustworthy and authoritative Bible. The 
spirit of the day is to question, to doubt, to depreciate. 
Man has superimposed tlie authority of human inter- 
pretation over the authority of the Word of God. 

The act. However, does not invalidate revelation. It 
simply devastates the spiritual power of the Christian 
whose faith in the trustwortliiness of the Bible wavers. 
Not only is he uncertain about his own relation to his 
Savior, but he is unable to confront sinners with their 
need of a Savior. 

Words that should be sharp become dulled. The bold 
assertion, "Thus says the Lord," lacks the power of 
conviction and authority. 

The "authority of the Word" is more than a mere 
theological label. The Bible is not just another book. 
By the authority vested in it, the Bible assures man thiat 
God loves him, points the way to peace among men, 
offers power for inner peace and satisfaction, and 
charts the way to another man-made program. With it. 
Key 73 is a tool through which God can accomplish 
His purposes on earth. 

Phase Two, "Calling Our Continent to the Word of 
God," suggests two Bible study emphases for participa- 
tion groups early in 1973. First comes the preparatory 
Bible study: groups of Christians gathering around 
the Word of God for persomal challenge to repentance 
and a quickened enthusiasm for evangelistic outreach. 
These groups may be specially formed for the occasion, 
or they may be existing church groups who accept the 
chaUege of the Key 73 program. 

The second Bible study empheisis is evangelistic: 
through morning coffee hours, home Bible study groups, 
coffee house study groups, and "back yard" study 
classes for children. The unchurched are invited to join 
the already formed study groups to investigate together 
the relevance of God's Word to each of man's needs. The 
40 million children in America without any formal 
church mstruction, and the growing number of pagan 
adults, are all subjects who need to be caUed to the 
Word of God. 

An importajut part of this last emphasis is Scripture 
distribution — not just to hand out a great tonnage of 
literature, but to give special invitations, along with the 
literatui^, to join a particular Bible study group. Per- 
sonal concern for individuals and the comservation of 
spiritual gains is an important pairt of Key 73. A sixecial 

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The Brethren Evangelis' 

Lenten Bible study, "Meet the Master," is suggested in 
the Key 73 Congregational Resource Book. 

It is in Scripture distribution and Bible study that 
cooperative, community-vvide efforts will bear the great- 
est fruit. Assistance in planning major metropolitan dis- 
tribution programs may be secured from the leading 
Bible distribution organizations. The Resource Book 
also provides valuable suggestions. 

Alexander Duff, the great missionary to India, was 
on his way to his field of ministry. Clothes, personal 
possessions, and an SOO-voIume Library were aU part 
of the "equipment" being taken to the field. But just 
a few miles from the Indian destination port, the ship 
was wrecked. Passengers escaped with their Uves, but 
with nothing else. 

A discouraged Duff sat on the shore. His anxious 
eyes spotted something floating from the disaster site. 

Wading into the water, he retrieved the object. Of al 
his possessions, his Bible had survived. 

But that was all Duff needed for the work to whicl 
he had been called. The very next day, reading frorr 
the Bible, he began his first class for five boys. A wee! 
later he had over 300 listeners! And years later, { 
beautiful building and 1,000 students of the Bible stoot 
as monuments to the importance of the Word. 

Key 73 has had much planning and preparation. Thep 
are many aids to assist the local congregation in evar 
gelistic outreach. But when the ship has finished it 
journey at the end of 1973, it wiU not be the baggagt 
but the sharpened Word, through the quickening o 
the Spirit, which calls our continent to Christ. 

More complete details and suggestions on local ii 
volvenient in Phase Two of Key 73 may be found in tli 
Congregational Resource Book, available from Key 7: 
418 Olive Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63102; price $3.0i 

Key 73, the much talked-atwut evangelistic thruSt, was launched in January by 
both a Noon Prayer Call and a nationally syndicated TV special. 

In executive session Key 73 leadership recetntly amnounced a series of Key 73 
Strategy Seminars to build momentum for the Key 73 movement as it progresses 
and develop greater grassroots awareness of its program objectives. 

The 36 regional all-day seminars, which are scheduled nationally during March, 
are billed as a "festival of action resources," with an input by area Key 73 com- 
mittees and evangelistic agencies with resource displays. Pastors and Key 73 com- 
mittees from churches and communities are expected. 

The leadership teams will be led by Mr. Robert L. Hart, chairman of Key 73's 
Phase Five and Rev. De Vries, Phase Two chairman, in addition to Dr. Ted Raedeke, 
the executive director and other selected specialists. 


The Key 73 state-wide seminar is designed to create greater grassroots 
awareness of Key 73 and to provide program resources and guidelines 
for lay witness, Bible study, Bible distribution, fair ministries, youth out- 
reach and impact weeks. Strategy from all phases of Key 73 will be shared. 
It will include Key 73 mass media information and promotion ideas. 


Brethren check the schedule ov the next page and plan to attend the 
seminar tvhich is convenient to your area. Take lay leaders ivith you Pre- 
registration is expected. This is your opportunity to have first-hand con- 
tact iciththe people who help make Key 73 go. Don't miss out on this once- 
in-a-lifetime experience. Use registration blank on next qmqe or ivrite to- 
key 73, il8 Olive Street, St. Louis, Mo. 63102. 

'ebruary 10, 1973 

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Mar. 15(Th) 

Mar. 14(W) 

Mar. 16(F) 
Mar. 30(F) 

Site Date 


Great Falls, Mont. 
ALA— Birmingham, No. 5 

(Civic Center) 
AUS, BC, ORE, WASH— Everett, 

Wash., No. 2 (N) 
ARIZ— Tempe, No. 4 
ARK— North Little Rock, No. 2 (N) Mar. 21(W) 
CAL (South), HAW— Anaheim, 

No.4 (Disneyland) Mar. 31(Sa) 

CAL (North), NEV— Fairfield, Cal. Mar. 17(Sa) 
COL, UT, WY— Denver, No. 7 (SE) Mar. 28(W) 
DEL, DC, MD, VA— Alexandria, 

No. 15 (Telegraph Road) Mar. 29(Th) 

FLA, PR, VI— Daytona Beach, 

Marco Polo Inn, 935 S. Atlantic 

Avenue Mar. 7(W) 

GA— Atlanta, No. 7 (Six Flags) (W) Mar. lO(Sa) 
ILL— Glen Ellyn, No. 17 Mar. l(Th) 

IND — Indianapolis, No. 5 (Airport) Mar. 28(W) 
lA — Des Moines No. 2 (N) Mar. lO(Sa) 


Sponsored by Key 73 Continental Central Committee 
and Hosted by Cooperating Area 73 Committees 


For Pastors and Church 
or Community Key 73 Committees 


Code Site 

KAN— Kansas City, No. 7 

(Downtown Gardens) 
P KY— Louisville, No. 2 (NE) 
Q LA — Baton Rouge, No. 1 (N) 
R MICH— Ann Arbor, No. 1 (W) 
S MINN, MAN, W ONT— Brooklyn 

Center, Minn., No. 7 (N) 
T MISS— Jackson Hotel Heidelberg 

U MO— Bridgeton, No. 8 (W 1-270) 

V NEB — Lincoln, No. 2 (Airport) 

— Boston, No. 9 (Peabody) 
X NJ— Paramus (NYC), No. 15 
(Parkway Exit 165) 

Y N MEX— Albuquerque, No. 2 

NY— Syracuse, No. 4 (Exit 39) 
N CAR— Raleigh, No. 2 

ND, SD — Aberdeen 


Mar. 23(F) 
Mar. l(Th) 
Mar. 16(F) 
Mar. 21(W) 





Code Site Date 

CC OH — Columbus, No. 3 (Downtown) Mar. 3(Sa) 

OKL— Oklahoma City, No. 5 (S) Mar. 22(Th) 
PA (West), W VA— Pittsburgh, 

No. 9 (Alleg. Valley) Mar. 22(Th) 
PA (East)— Philadelphia, No. 5 

(City Line) Mar. 30(F) 
Mar. 3(Sa) GG S CAR— Columbia, Riverland Hills 

Baptist Church (1-26 and 1-20) Mar. 9(F) 
HH TENN— Nashville, Sheraton South 

Inn (I-65S and Ha.'ding Road) Mar, 2(F) 

II TEX— Dallas, No. 1 (Central) Mar. 17(Sa) 

JJ WIS— Madison, No. 2 (SW) Mar. 2(F) 

Mar. 15(Th) 

Mar. 24(Sa) 

Mar. 9(F) 

Mar. 23(F) 

Mar. (31Sa) 

Mar. 29(Th) 

Mar. 24(Sa) 

Mar. sah) 
Mar. 8(Th) 

All Key 73 Seminars 
are conducted at 
Holiday Inns at 
cities indicated unless 
otherwise noted. 
Numbers indicate 
which Holiday Inn. 



Seminar Schedule: 

Registration, coffee, displays at 9:00 a.m. 
Seminar and luncheon 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
Optional planning groups 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 











"Yes, I'll be there and have others with me foir the seminar at 

. Enclosed is a check for ^__ ($10.00 per 

person)." Groups are encouraged to sponsor their participants. 

Late Registration: Luncheon is not included when regis,tratioin is mailed less than 

10 days prior to your seminar. 

Seminar code letter . Date mailed . 

[J We desire to display our Key 73 resources at 

seminars on 

attached list. Cost for display is $10.00 per seminar. Please reserve us tabletop 
space and send application. 

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rE GREAT COMMISSION is still unfinished 
business. It is stUl our business if we call ourselves 
sciples. Of course there are churches that might well 
ke tlie words of the man in the parable as their motto. 
ly children are in bed with me; don't trouble me." 
it a church that is Christiaii oaimot disregard the 
reat Commission. To begin with we are all the results 
missiomary activity. Our homes, our churches, our- 
Ives owe much to missions. Somebody taught our 
'athen ancestors about Him who came from Heaven's 
ory to our world. God's only Son was a Missionary. 
There is a story that He told about a man who i-e- 
ived his education too late. The Man's name was 
ves and he received his education in HeU, a very un- 
■sirable institution of learning! One of the things 
ves learned in that region of eternal to^rment was that 
ere comes a tinie wiien it is too late to do anything 
T other people. 

The philosophy of a decadent church is summed up 

the attitude of the Jewish leaders to Jesus as He was 

ffering on the cross. They taunted Him with a jibe 

■out saving Himself since He had saved others. Like 

.inah, these leaders were content to see all deslircyed. 

iiristianlty was exactly the opposite of Judaism. From 

i beginning it was Missionary. It went out to tell the 

ws. They declared, "Jesus is Lord," though fire and 

:'ord and lions were their lot. They kept on. Then the 

' urch grew. Those were the days when the church 

irgot all about saving itself and went out to save the 

')rld by giving it the gosi)el of Him who died and 

156 again. 

When protection came the way of the church under 
iinstantine, who reversed the tide of persecution and 
iide it honorable and official to be a Christian., then 
13 church declined. While it buUt great towering 
ithedrals and Michelangelo carved and sculptured 
■'ints gadore and painted murals of great magnitude 
.j . while kings came to kiss the papal foot and f orty- 
(jurse dinners were served in the Vatican, the church 
foot its real business. Outside the rich culture of 
I>pal Rome the world reeked in squalor, dirt, ignorance 
<d misery. 

Sacrifice is the law of life. It wasn't selfishness that 
1 lit our churches, hospitals and colleges. He who suf- 
J^ to save us calls us, if we are His friends, to sac- 
lice. Selfishness and Christianity are opposites. The 
inantic story of missions is a sito-ry of sacrifice. 
Now there are great Missionary opportunities before 
' as Brethren. In South America there are enormous 

untouched territories. There are areas needing missions 
larger than the whole U.S. We ought to work in South 
America for our own proitection, but there is a bigger 
and better reaison than that: Because we are Christians. 

Hei^ is the U.S. we have more than fifty million upon 
which to work. There are churohless towms. Large 
foreign-boim groups are neglected. In the big cities and 
in the rural districts missionary opportunities are star- 
ing us in the face. It is our business. 

China has areas larger than Iowa without a single 
doctor or missionary. Schools -and hospitals which have 
been destroyed by war must be built again. 

In Japan the Emperor has abdicated as a god. But the 
question rightiy arises, "Abdicated to what?" Christian 
missions would be welcomed in Japan right now. For 
the future they hold the key. 

In Africa there are areas unoccupied by missions 
aggregating more than the whole U.S. India is one great 
welter of superstition, unrest, idolatry and suffering. 

What do we have to offer the world? We should have 
apostolic enthusiasm. We claim to have the whole Bible, 
the doctrine and teaching of the New Testament — a 
church where a real fellowship exists around the only 
reasonable faith. We can through our cooperation with 
the Church of the Brethren send missionaries to all of 
these lands. 

Therefore, we ought to pray for workers to be tliriist 
forth into these ripe harvest fields. We aU need to pray 
that some may go. We all need to give that some may 
give their lives in service representing us. 

The opportunity carries a warning. The church that 
is satisfied just to enjoy itself and not to sacrifice wUl 
dry up and be blown away by some wind of doctrine or 
other catastrophe. The church that is missionary lives 
and grows. The one that is not, shrivels and dies. 

Tliis is our business. We dare not neglect it or we 
will be out of business! 

This article ivas first published in THE 
19A6. Although some of the statistics, locations 
and circumstances may have been altered some- 
ivhat these past 27 years, the emphasis contained 
in this article is still very appropriate. We ex- 
press our gratitude to Dr. Locke for permission 
to reprint this article as a guest editorial in the 
World Mission issue. 

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The Brethren Evangelisti 

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by Rev. Kenneth Solomon 

In responsive obedience to the command of Jesus to 
HARVEST" the Missionary Board of the Brethren 
Church has once again followed by faith the leading 
of the Holy Spirit to yet another needy field of service. 
From the minutes oif the Board meeting of April, 1972 

This decision is the product of many months ol 
prayer, research, long hours of conversation and coiii 
sideration, and a personal visit to various Latin 
Americem countries by Associate Secretary, Johr 
Rowsey. But, above all, it is the result of the direct' 
leading of the Holy Spirit of the Living God in the 
Uves of all those involved. 


Colombia, South America wiU become a "new" field 
of missionary endeavour for the Brethren Church in 
September of 1973, but it is not really a "new" field ol 
Protestant missionary activity. Information at our dis 
pojal reveals that God has been at work in this country 
at least from the early nineteen hundreds and that thert 


Febniai-y 24, 1973 

Page Five 

has bean a great increase in the Imrvest of souls follow- 
ing the great persecution experienced between the 
years of 1948 and 1958. But now the Lord is inviting 
the Brethren Church to enter into this "Harvesting," 
to "reap where we have not sown," to coioperate and 
participate with Him and those of the many other 
denominations who Eire already actively involved in 
ministering to this needy country on the noirth-westarn 
tip of the Latin American Conti'nient. Though, many are 
the years some have been there and many are the 
various denominations actively engaged in this mission- 
ary outreach, yet there is a great need for MORE 
denominatioins and MORE missionaries to become con- 
cerned for this the fourth largest Latin American 
Republic with over 21,000,000 inhabitants. There are 
cities of over a million population with only 35 or 40 
small congregations witnessing to them of the Living 
Christ — too few to evainigelize adequately so great a 
number of people. 

Unlilie Argentina, the majority of the population lives 
in cities other than Bogota, the capital, which boasts of 
only 2,600,000 of the country's inhabitants. The most 
recent statistics available to us indicate that there are 
at least sixteen cities of 100,000 or more population aind 
then we have some, like MedeUin the second largest 
city, with over 1,000,000 inhabitants. (The city of Call 
also.) These cities are being evangelized but not to the 
extent that they should and could be, so help is greatly 
needed. Thus the reason for the Lord seniding in The 
Brethren Church. 


They are new but not new. They are new to the 
Colombiain field of missionary endeavor but are not 
"new" missionaries, having already served the Lord and 
the Brethren Church in Argentina since 1958. 

It was most difficult for the Soloimon six to be per- 
suaded by the Lord that their "Orders" had been 
changed, or at least that their understanding of their 
ariginial oaU had to be changed; that it was not a "Life- 
time" call to missionary activity in Argentina. Now, 
after fourteen years of a most challenging and reward- 
ing relationship with the Argentine Brethren in the 
Brethren witiness there, this family was being re-called 
to the States to be assigned to a "new" field to begin a 
"new" work for God and the Brethren Church. 

AU this came without being anticipated and so re- 
ceived at first a negative response. But, as time went 
by and many prayed, God convinced all concerned that, 
though contrary to the personal desires of lall six mem- 
bers of the Solomon family and contrary to the ex- 
pressed wishes of the Argentine Breth:-en, it was His 
will and according to His plans. 

These "new" missionaries are .at the presemt actively 
engaged in deputation work among the Brethren 
churches and in specific preparation for going to 
Colombia in September, the Lord willing. They term- 
inated their ministry in Argentina and arrived in the 
USA December 30, 1972. 


Prior to this call of God to the Brethren Church, to 
its Mission Board, and to its missionaries, very little 
was eve; written in our church periodicals on Colombia. 
NOW, however, this should change as we all become 
more interested and better informed concemimg this 
part of the Lord's vineyard. This new ^and awakening 
interest in this "new" field of missionary activity has 
produced the following interesting information. 

HISTORY — In 1549 the area now kno-wn as Colombia 
was established as a Spanish colony, with the capital 
at Bogota. Total independence was achieved and the 
Republic of Greater Colombia was foirmed by 1819. In 
1822 the United States became one of the first coun- 
tries to reco'gnize the new Republic .and to establish a 
resident diplomatic mission. In 1830 Ecuador and Vene- 
zuela withdrew from the Republic and became inde- 
pendent natioinis. Panama reimained part of Colo-mbia 
until 1903. 

POLITICS — Cotombia, unlike many Latin American 
countries, early established a solid tradition of civilian 
government and regular free elections to decide between 
competing parties called the "Liberals" and the "Con- 
servatives." The Conservatives succeeded in estabUshing 
a highly centralized government. The Liberals event- 
ually won universal suffrage and a large measure of 
separation of church and state, although the Catholic 
Church retains some important powers, e.g., the right 
to give religious instruction in all public schools. The 
military has seized power only three times in Colombian 
history— in 1830, 1854, and 1953. But then- rule was of 
short duration and scxm civilian rule was restored. 

There was a ten-year period of great civil unrest that 
brought about much violence and death of between 
100,000 and 200,000 people, among them many protestant 
Christians who were killed because they were considered 
traitors to the national State religion, and would not 
renounce their allegiance to Christ. 

Fortunately the country has enjoyed some 12 or more 
years of relative peace, prosperity, and progress. During 
this period the Protestant churches have experienced 
their greatest numerical groiwth in all her past history. 
For example, the toital number of commuimoants re- 
ported for 1967 was over 70,000 — seven times tihe total 
for 1950. This was due, in great part, to the missionary 
endeavours of an awakened laity that, having lost many 
of their pastors and leaders during the persecution, in 
Apostolic church tradition and fervor, want everywhere 
preaching the Gospel, even in the face of danger and 

In this respect a quote from David M. Howard's book 
"Hammered as Gold" will enlighten us and confirm that 
already reported. He says: "Since 1948 some 120 evan- 
gelical Christians in Cotombia were martyred because 
of their faith and witness. They died by shootings, by 
machetes, by beatings, and in other ways. In order to 
understand the church of Christ in Colombia today, 
it is necessary to understand something of tliese men 
whose blood has becoime the seed of a thriving church." 
(Page 72) But, he quotes, Dr. Goff as saying: "Statistics 
cannot measure the anguish and suffering caused by 
the Protestant deaths . . . The blood of the martyrs 
may be the seed of the Church ; it also has consequences 
which blight and twist htunan lives." (Page 93) 

Page Six 

The Brethren EvangeUsi' 


However, since the Ecumenical council of 1959 the 
Protestants have been treated less and less like 
"heriHcs" and more and more as a people worthy of 
great respect seeing as how they were w^illing to suffer 
and die for their faith. As a result there is a greater 
interest among most of those in Colombia in the Book 
of the Evangelical Christians and in this Uvtng, dynamic 
faith that it inspires. 

David Howard lists four new attitudes that he as a 
missionary in Colombia was able to observe. They are: 
1) — "A desire to know more about these strange Prot- 
estants who could stand up to persecutions and even die 
as martyrs if necessary." 2) "A sense of deep curiosity 
about this Book upon which these people stated their 
faith and which had previously been forbidden to the 
Catholics. If the Pope himself was advocating study of 
the Scriptures, and dialogue with non-Catholics, what 

could hinder the laity from complying?" 3) "A feeling' 
of shame and remorse over the suffering of Protestant' 
during the violence and a desire to atone for this treat 
ment." and 4) "A sense of spiritual hunger and a desirt 
to meet God personally." (Page 99) 


BEGIN ITS NEW WORK— in the dty of CaU or ii 
MedeUin????? YOUR prayers are needed so tha 
Brother Ingraham and the Solomons may be Divineb 
directed in their trip of June, 1973 to make the righ 
selection to recommend to the Mission Board. Will YOl 
convenant with US TO SUPPORT THIS NEW ANI 
reach that God is giving to the Brethren Church?????' 


07ir pioneer missionaries to Colombia — 
TJie Ken Solomon family 

Translated from the January, 1973 TESTIGO FIEL, the official publication 
of the Brethren Church in Argentina and written by the editor, Pastor Ricardo 

On December 29 the Solomon family left for 
the United States. As we all knoiu, after a few 
months, the Solomon family ivill be going to 
Colombia to open a new Brethren Church. 

The truth is that we didn't really realize, tmtil 
we saw the airplane disappear, that we rvere los- 
ing a very valuable family and a wonderful 
companion. The years which Pastor Solomon has 
given us have truly been a blessing. He has been 
a true laborer, ahvays identified 7vith the planning 
of all types of activities. It would be impossible 

to write the history of the Brethren Church 
Argentina ivithout including his name. 

Though ive knoiv, by his otvn testimony, f/iq 
God has called him to work in Colombia, we st 
regret his leaving us. Colombia has gained a re 
man and we have been the losers. 

Our prayer is that God will use him in suc^ 
a way that soon ive will hear wonderftd report 
of the work being done. Let us continually remev 
ber this family in our prayers so that we migl 
feel a part of their labor. May God richly ble> 


ebruary 24, 1973 

Page Seven 


As we who are working Nigeria have found, these 
vo words can be trouble indeed. They represent such 
asic needs, that we find that answers to them become 
Imost inaccessible. 

The new structure in the Church of Lardin Gabas 
[fers great possibilities for self-expression by the 
igerian Leaders as they wrestle to build a meaningful 
pogram far their church. They are finding that some 
rograms are being changed or dropped because they 
3 not effectively relate to present needs in the church, 
he missionary also finds himself in a position, j>erhaps 
lore than ever before, where he must reahstically face 
le question of bow he relates to current needs of the 
lurch. It is now time for the missionary to sitep-aside 
) that a national may carry on the work that the 
lissionary has given himself to in the past? Should 
le missionary begin to look for a task to take up vwthin 
le church of his own culture? Are the complexities 
ad conifusion of a growing national pride going to 
egate any effort on the expatriate's part to contribute 
) the life and growth of the local church here in 
igeria? Is the sense of permanence needed for a really 
itisfying work experience? Is the presence of the 
lissionary today a contributing factor or a hinderance 
) church growth .and trained local leaders? 
These are disturbing questions which must be faced 
y both the missionary and the supporting churches. It 
'• imperative that this be done with an eye to the future 
osition of the Nigerian Church. The times are past 
'hen we consider things only in terms of what is best 
>r us. How can we do those things which may help 
;) buUd a strong, virile, and witnessing church in this 
ind of Nigeria? 

Rose and I feel that in the light of present conditions 
among the Higi churches it is best that we move to a 
new area for work in Lardin Gabas. This does not mean 
that we feel everything has been done that needs to be 
done in Lit-Lit work here, nor does it mean that the 
Lit-Lit work is to be set aside. It means that after much 
soul-searching and prayerful consideration, we are 
convinced that the Lit-Lit work is iiow at such a stage 
when it can best be placed completely in the hands of 
Higi church leaders. It has proven to have gained the 
support of local church members and is still in a 
relatively uncomplicated stage of development. We are 
confident that there are competant and qualified men 
in the Higi area that can pick up where we leave off 
and continue the Lit-Lit effort successfully. Because of 
these factors, we feel that our greatest job left is to 
encourage men to work with confidence in their poten- 
tial ability and a deep dependence on the Holy Spirit 
for guidance. In the light of this, the time is right for 
us to step aside to give others opportunity to test their 
ideas and newly learned skills. Thus the work may be- 
come an example of Higi ingenuity and cooperation. 
While we say "step-aside," it is really a step forward 
towards a sitrong local church. 

During the next few months till furlough in June '73, 
we will be using all available time as training emphasis. 
Workshops are planned, supervision of test literacy 
classes will be carried on, special training opportunities 
will be sought. Two Higi men recently attended a week 
seminar held by Wycliffe Bible Translators and two 
others journeyed to Togo to participate in an AfroLit 
seminaiT on current trends in Literacy. 

1973 WORLD MISSION GOAL $225,000 

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The Brethren Evangel! 


by Rev. K. Prasant-ha Kumar 


To preach that God is the sovereign of all creation, 
that He is the Lord of our minds and bodies as well as 
our souls, and that His rule is among aU people; indi- 
vidually constitutes the areas to which the Gospel refers 
to and to which it draws attention. Jesus Christ never 
overlooked the many needs of man as He focused on 
spiritual needs. Our Lord's concern was foir the total 
man, namely his health, hunger, fear and ignorance. 
Even today he works in all areas of man's life as He 
answers our prayers and helps the needy through His 
faithful children. ". . . Christ also suffe.ed for us leaving 
us an example, that ye should follow his steps." 
(I Pet. 1:211 

In the Old Testaman't no distinction is made between 
soul and body. All aspects of man's life are considered 
important and are classified as "sacred." The Old Test- 
ament prophets were actively engaged in social and 
political affairs as advisers and leaders (I Sam. 22:5, 
II Kings 3). They battled with social injustice with all 
their capacity (Amos 2:6-8; Isa. 1:15; I Kings 21, 
II Kings 9). 

Knowing and experiencing the love and grace of 
Jesus Christ, no Christian in India can be concerned 
purely with the salvation of souls and not be sensitive 
to all other needs of man. He cannot say that he will 
do the preaching and let the government or some other 
social agency do the works of compassion. If this is 
true, he is deviating from the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 
Good works do not come out of the pity in a Christian 
but they spring like a fountain from the pool of God's 
love, in which he dwell. It is the responsibility of every 
Christian to care for the other person, particularly a 
brother in need. 

A believer who has accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord 
and Saviour should find good works an expression of 
the love of God in him. Faith and good works cannot 
be separated, for the latter blooms and confirms the 
former. In India a Christian is expected to be a "Good 
Samaritan," filled with the love of Christ, and showing 
forth his compassion for the needy and suffering. 

If the Gospel is to be heard in India it should be ex- 
pressed in a meaningful way, with an approach that 
communicates to the thought of the Indian mind. The 
pioneer missionaries understood this idea and expressed 
the love of Christ through action. They started Schools, 
Hospitals, Orphanges, Homes for Widows, Home for 
the Poor and many other institutions to help the Indian 
people. Today there are the following Christian institu- 
tions in India: 

Colleges 150 

High Schools 2180 

Hospitals 620 

Clinics 670 

Leprosy relief centers 90 

Orphanages 710 

Inspite of this there is a great need for many more 
institutions to serve the 500 million people of India. 

In the year 1969 the Brethren Church steped into 
India with a mission to "Bring men to Christ." The 

At clinic inauguration, Dr. Devananda 
Rao, minister (right) is talking with Dr. 
Ramakrishna, Medical officer (left). . 

socio-economic condition of India is poor and has tl 

added problems of population, unemployment ai, 

scarcity of food. Rev. and Mrs. K. Prasantha Kum, 

started this Christ centered mission with great ze« 

Seeing the condition of the country, they wanted 

include social service and relief work in their minist 

as a means to help the people and to open doors for tl, 

saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. ] 

The Brethren Mission is registered in India as 
service organization. Instead of being classified just 
preach Christianity and convert people, it is register^ 
under the Societies Registration Act as a non-proj 
service organization to help the physical and spiritu 
needs of humanity. 

The Indian philosophy "Service to humanity is servi 
to God" is fuUy acknowledged by the Indian people at 
the government. The Brethren Mission, being involv< 
in sei-ving humani'ty, is well received by uneducatt 
villagers as well as educated urban public, and is giv< 
freedom by the government. 

The Brethren Mission is expressing the Love of G< 
through an orphanage, mobile clinic, giving of fn 
clothing, financial aid to students, free feeding in timi 
of calamities, adult literacy schools and recently throug 
the Health Center in Rajahmundry. All these servio 
are used as a means to bring men to Christ. They cea 
to operate when they become an end in themselves ar 
begin to deviate from this purpose of proclaiming tl 

The Health Center was started in Rajahmundry aft< 
hearing the requests of many people. It is located 
the Weaver's Colony where the Brethren Mission h; 
a prayer house and orphanage. In that locality there 
no hospital, either of government or of a private natuir 
There is not even a qualified doctor in this area. Tl 
health center was inaugurated on September 16, 197 
Two ministers of the Govemmenit of Andhra Pradei 

February 34, 1973 

Page Nine 

attended the inaugural function along with the mayor 
and other elite of the town. Everyone praised the 
Brethren Church of the United States for starting ser- 
vice centered institutions in India through the Brethren 
Mission. The two ministers promised to give their 
assistcince to the Brethren Mission for opening health 
centers in Andhra Pradesh in the future. 

The Health Center lias a good start in RajahmUindry. 
It was temporarily located in the orphamage building 
as no buUding was available for lease at that time. But 
it soon moved into another building on the main road. 
The "Brethren Hesdth Center" is nait a hospital. It was 
started as a clinic to give free consultatiom and free 
medicines. Thei-e is no provision for inpatients. It works 
only three hours in a day from 8:00 to 10:00 in the 
morninig and 5:00 to 6:00 in the evening. 

The Brethren Mission tried its best to obtain a Chris- 
tian doctor, but none of the qualified Christian doctors 
were prepared to work part time. They managed to 
get a God fearing young Hindu doctor who is working 
full time in another hospital. He has great canicern for 
the poor and sick. He accepted the work part-time for a 
low salary. We also app.-oached a wealthy couple who 
are leading medical practitioners in town, to give their 
assistance to render a humanitarian service to the sick 
among the poor. They agreed to give their cooperation 
and assistance free of charge. They have a hospital of 
their own and they have offered their laboratory X-ray 
unit and operating room for minimal rates to whom- 
ever comes through the Brethren Health Center. The 
husband agreed to be the honorary Medical Superin- 
tendent of the Health Center. As soon a 3 he agreed to 
associate with the Health Center many other doctors 
in town offered to give their cooperation and assistance. 

The Brethren Health Center is functioning for a 
minimum expenditure. The rented building is a small 
house with three rooms, just enough for the clinic. The 
doctor is a part-time employee receiving a low salary 
but having the zeal to help the suffering people. There 
is no nurse or phsurmacist employed but the house 
father of the Brethren Orphanage is doing both the 
jobs without asking for extra money. The registration 
and other clerical work is taken care of by the orphan- 

Approxlvuitelij 500 attended the inauguration 
of the Brethren Health Center. 

At the dedication of the Health Center in 

Rajahmundry, rice and bottles of a nutrioics drink 

were distributed to the poor children. 

age teacher and by the orphanage boys. Free exam- 
ination, medicines and injections are given for common 
ailments but for major illnesses medicines are pre- 
scribed and the patients are asked to buy from local 
drug stores. We are trying our best to keep the ex- 
penditure at a minimum of $1500.00 per year. 

The Health Center is used as a means to witness to 
the Lord Jesus Christ a> healer of physical illness and 
redeemer of human sin and suffering, and provider of 
salvation to everyone that believes in Him. When a 
patient comes to the Health Center his name and address 
are noted an a registration card and a Gospel tract is 
given to him which he is asked to read at home. Then 
he goes to the doctor who examines him and directs 
his assistant to supply the medicine. The doctor's assis- 
tant, who is a bom again Christian and the house father 
of the orphanage gives the medicine to the patient and 
advises him to pray to the great healer Jesus Christ. 
After the Health Center is closed the add-esses of the 
patients ar^ passed to the local pastor of the Brethren 
Mission. The pastor and the missionary visit the homes 
of the sick people praying for them and inviting them 
to come to the church on Sunday. This type of personal 
evangelism has proven to be very effective and the 
non-Christian people in the community have slowly 
started coming to the church. 

Sometimes we take medical aid to the villages. Sun- 
days the doctor goes and takes some medicines with 
him, giving free treatment to the sick people in the 
villages thus providing a mobile clinic. The vOlagers 
eagerly look forward to the arrival of the missionaries. 
They are not only given free medical assistance but 
also hear the preaching of the Gospel and the teacliing 
of how to pmy to Jesus Christ. The aim of the mobile 
clinic is not just sO'Cial service but to use free medical 
aid as an expression of God's love and attract people 
to hear the Gospel. The people in the villages, including 
the leaders of the village eagerly look forward to the 
arrival of the clinic and consider those who come as 
ambassadors of God's love and grace. 

In every operation of the Brethren Mission we are 
trying to demonstrate God's love and express the con- 
cern of the Brethren People of the United States to 
help the people of India. As a result of it aU, the people 
who are receiving help are praising God and are thank- 
ing the Brethren. 

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The Brethren £vang:elis'j 


by Satyam Mandapdli 

Satyam Mandapalli is one of the boys presently 
living in the Brethren Home for Children. He 
has been sponsored by Miss Connie Jamison of 
the St. James Brethren Church since his arrival 
in the Home. 

I came from a poor family in a village called 
Padamati Kandrika which belongs to East Godavari 
district of Andhra Pradesh. After I completed sixth 
grade in a school three miles from my home, to which 
I walked, we were subjected to the pangs of poverty 
due to the death of my father. Being poor and unedu- 
cated my mother started as an unskilled labourer and I 
became the caretaker of the cattle (cow boy) in a land 
owner's household. As I had to spend my time with the 
cattle all the time under the hot sun in rain, and cold 
I became sick. I very much longed to study but due 
to poverty I could not go to school. Being sick I lost 
my job. After leaving the job I slowly became healthy. 
I started looking for another job and also looked for 
someone who would help me out of the difficulties so 
that I could continue my studies. 

Through my teacher I came to know about Brethren 
Mission, and Rev. Prasantha Kumar. I requested my 
teacher to introduce me to him. One day I went to 
Rajahmundry along with my teacher and met Rev. 
Kumar and requested him to help me to continue my 
studies. He took pity on me and told me "God will 
take care of you." 

In the month of May 1970 I joined the orphanage the 
"Brethren Home For Children." A tutor was appointed 
to give private instruction to me and to all the other 
boys in the orphanage. I stained learning my lessons 
and felt happy to play with the other boys. When the 
schools started in June, Rev. Prasantha Kumar took 
me to a school located in the Municipal colony and I 
was admitted to the 7th class. Mrs. Prasantha Kumar 
gave me all the books, clothing, soaps, comb, bedsheets, 
blankets, towel> and the other things that I needed. I 
am happy to have the things I need which I have neve.- 
had before. 

After a few days of my entering the orphanage, 
suffered stomach upset due to the rich food which I wa 
not used to eating. Rev. and Mrs. Kumar looked afte 
me with great care. But next day when Rev. Kuma 
had gone on a trip I become very sick and oollapsec 
Mrs. Kumar immediately took me and I was admitte 
in a hospital and she sent a telegram to Rev. Kumai 
By the tune Rev. Kumar arrived I was back to norma 
health. I thank God for saving my life. I was afraii 
that I would die. Mrs. Kumar looked after me like he 
own son and prayed for me. 

In the orphanage we have morning prayers and ev( 
ning prayers every day. On Sundays we have Sunda; 
School before the worship service and I regular); 
attend berth. I go regularly to the school and learn m; 
lessons. By God's abundant grace I passed with higl 
marks in my 7th and 8th grades, and now I am in th 
9th. I am now 16 years and I am studying hard da; 
and night. Rev. and Mrs. Kumar as well as my teacher 
are happy about me as I get good grades. 

I am so grateful to God for giving me the oppoi 
tunity to study. I do not want to waste any time as 
know the value of education. God has given me th 
opportunity which many poor boys do not have. I than 
the doners who give money for the supi>ort of th 
orphan children, like me, in the Brethren Home fo 
Children and I pray God to bless them abundantly. 



The last letter from our missiomaries in India mailed 
January 11th and arriving on the 26th stated, "Th 
life in Rajahmundry is totally paralyzed due to tht 
strike in Andhra Pradesh as they struggle for a separat 
state. For five days there has been no electricity, ga.' 
water, gasoline, newspapers, telephones, nor telegram; 
All offices are closed except banks aind post office 
but there are daily thefts and looting and strike group 
are setting fire to anything that is open. 

"Please pray for us and especially for the conventio 
which will start the 19th of this month. We are pra.\ii 
and hoping tliat the Lord will move the hearts of maii 
people to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. 

ebruary 24, 1973 

Page Eleven 


Folloiving is a testimony of Pastor Polavarapu 
Hall, one of the Evangelists of the Brethren 
Hssion in India. Pastor Eliah is supported by 
(r. a7id Mrs. James Brown of the Masontotvn 
rethren Church. There are still Evangelists 
aiting for a sponsor. If you are interested write 
>; The Missionary Board of the Brethren 
hurch, 530 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio UU&05 
yr more information. 

JJ^NyAHY fcti, 19 7 


)ear Brethren: 

It was my daily habit to worsiiip Rama after my 
Toming bath before starting any of the duties. Thus I 
3d my life for 20 years. Though I lived on tailoring, I 
tudied Ramayana, Bharatam, Bhagavathgeetha and 
Jhagavatham thoroughly. During the rainy season, the 
armers of my viUage used to hear these boolis from me 
n different months in diffe-enit streets and they payed 
ice as remuneration. I belonged to the dhobi oaste and 
cted as their president for 36 viUages. I was a member 
f the Panchayati board also. 

I acted as an enemy to Christ and Christians .On the 
:1st of December 1967, I abused the Christian, Preachers 
ly taking away their holy book, the Bible and beating 
•ome of them. The ve.-y next day my wife Ratnamma 
03t her mind and my troubles started. I took her to 
•Vnnavaram and Tirupathi, the sacred places. I took 
ler to a witch Doctor at Rajahmundry but it was of 
10 use. All of my money was spent for her injections 
Lt Ethakota but there was no hope of her healing and 

had to face many difficulties. 

On the 10th of November, 1969, I planned to end my 
ife, so I put a sm,all bottle of "endrine" near the fence 
')f my house. At ten that night I prositrated myself 
)efore Rama and sang some songs and read some poems 
ind at last said, "Rama, Rama, I worshipped you all the 
last 20 years, don't you have any sympathy for me? 
i^an't you redeem me from this calamity? From this 
'■noment I have nothing to do with you." As I was thus 

Pastor Polavarapu Eliah 

speaking I fell unconscious. At this stage I saw a bright 
figure in white clothing telling me "Oh my son, you 
arc preparing to die, but you cannot, I love you. I am 
the true God. Believe me. I will rescue you from all 
your troubles." Then I came to my senses and con- 
fessed all of my sins with repentance and tears before 
God and from that moment I had internal peace. I ran 
to the fence to get the "endrine" bottle but to my sur- 
prise it was not there. My wife gradually was healed 
without any medicine. 

We experienced the joy of salvation on December 
25th, 1969. We both were baptized at Athrayapuram 
by Pastor Vaddiyya, My name Verriah was changed to 
Eliah after embracing Christianity and we both became 
God's servants. 

I have had to face many temptations and trials but 
I have been able to conquer them by the help of the 
Holy Spirit. God is using me as His servant at 
Venkatarayapuram on behaK of the Brethren Mission. 
Praise the Lord! 

This is the witniess given, with many thanks to the 
Lord Jesus, by Polavarapu Eliah, Podagatlapalli Village, 
Kothapeta Taluq. 

i^ ;\ '^'* 

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The Brethren Evangelist 


Pastor RIcardo Rivero (rigJit) talks to Pastor 

Oscar Vena and Pastor Jiian Carlos Miranda 

(left) about tlie Eden Bible Institute 

When the Juan Carlos Mirandas arrived in Argen- 
tina, they moved temporarily into the Aspinall home and 
used their things while there. Now that the Solomons 
have returned to the United States the Miranda family 
have moved into the mission residence on the Eden 
Bible Institute grounds and finally have been able to 
unpack their barrels and crates. 

Even though there was the time of temporary loca- 
tion, Juan Carlos has already become very much in- 
volved in the work of the Argentine church, not only 
in the Bible Institute but also as Pastor of the Soldini 
church and by participating in the various conferences 
and congresses. 


The youth in Argentina have had a oational organ- 
ization for several years and usually have their own 
Youth Congress, apart from the Annual Spiritual Con- 
ference of the church. 

Last year they met during the long week-end when 
Arge.itina celebrates her Independence Day. More than 
sixty young people gathered at the Eden Bible Institute 
for a time of Bible Study, workshops, and physical 

Juan Carlos Miranda reports on an excellent group 
this year with all anticipating an exciting time with their 
new advisor. Rev. Tomas Mulder and their mew officers, 
each one capable of a very fine job. 

Our praye:-s join with those of our Argentine 
Brethren for these fine Brethren Youth and their ac- 
tivities in Argentina. 


A discussion group at the Argentine 
Youth Congress 

ebruary 24, 1973 

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The BRETHREN EVANGELIST for June 3, 1972, 
jntained a report on the first trips of the Mobile Chapel 
I Argentina. The chapel is a large truck owned by 
le Evangelical Foundation of Argentina (which also 
perates the Audio-Visual Center in the Brethren Head- 
uarters in Buenos Aires.) Our technical missionaries, 
fill Curtis, Mark Logan, and BiU Winter; maintain the 
Kick as a part of their ministry with the Audio-Visual 

' Mr. and Mrs. Jorge Cramer, an Argentine Evangelist 
nd his wife, travel with the truck, actually making it 
leir home for most of the year. They have regularly 
isited the Summer resort area in Mar del Plata where 
3 million gather each vacation season. They spend 
3veral months in this modem city, co-operating with 
le 18 EvangeUoal churches of the city. They have made 

trip to the southern extremes of Argentina, passing 
irough Bariloche which is known as the Switzerland 
f Argentina. Here Mr. Cramer stopped at the Auto- 
lobile Club to call a local pastor and after calling, an 
mployee asked what he was seEing. When the man 
iscovered that the chapel sold Bibles he purchased 
vo right on the spot. 

As they traveled through Coimodora Rivadavia, 
undred mile per hour gusts of wind made the big 
•uck rock till at night the Cramers thought they were 
eeping in a hammock. During this southern trip lasting 
bout two months they sold aiwut 400 Bibles and dis- 
ributed around 7,600 tracts and Gospels. 

Bill Curtis reports that the equipment has held up 
ell and even though the Mobile Chapel often travels 
ver very poor roads there has been rela/tively little 
?pair work to be done. 

Bill Curtis stands at the control panel 
inside the Mobile Chapel. 

The trips made by the truck, during these first years 
of its existence have been sponsored by the Argentine 
Bible Society. That is, they pay the Evangelical Founda- 
tion for the use of the equipment and then ask the 
churches visited to contribute towards the expenses. 
Some of the churches have accepted the responsibility 
on faith and have received up to twice the recommended 
contribution in their offerings as God has touched the 
hearts of the members. 

Those who travel with the unit thank God for His 
blessings as they experience each day His power and 

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The Brethren Evangelist 

Call to Worship 
Song Service 
Circle of Prayer 

Bible Studies 




Discussion Questions: 

Seniors: Discussion over chosen book 

Special Music 


"Spirit of Sisterhood" 

S.M.M. Benediction 




When you ask Jesus to come into your life, you 
become a completely new person. Somehow, though, it 
seems impossible to stop sinning. The first seventeen 
verses of Colossians 3 deal with the whole subject of 
living the Christian life. 

Have everyone read this passage silenitly first. Then 
have someone read each section aloud before you 
discuss it. 

Verses 1-4 

1. Wlien you accepted Christ, the old you died, and you 
were raised up again. How is this illustrated in 

2. According to verse 4, what will happen to us in the 

3. In verse 2 Paul tells us, "Set your mind on the 
things above . . ." How can we do that in our daily 

Verses 5-9 

4. Since we died with Christ, we are dead to sin. We 
have the power we need to live for Christ. Wiiat 
sins are we to avoid? 

Verses 10-11 

We have a new self now, which is being ciianged to 
be like Jesus. 

5. Rewrite verse 11 in your own words, flunking about 
the kinds of things that divide people today. 

Verses 12-16 

6. What kinds of things should we do now that we are 

7. How can you "let the peace of Christ rule in your 
hearts?" (Take a look at Philippians 4:6-7.) 

8. How helpful has music been in your lives as 

Verse 17 

This verse is a kind of summary of the passage. 

Miss Joan Hamel is the daughter of Dr. am 
Mrs. J. D. Hamel of Sarasota, Florida. Ret 
Hamel is the -pastor of The Sarasota Brethreri 
Church. Miss Hamel is a Junior at Ashlaru 
College and is majoring in Psychology am 

Some of Miss Hamel' s other activities incluCL 
holding the position of Assistant Literature Seel 
retary of the Sisterhood Organization of Thi 
Brethren Church. She is also a Collegiate Cru 
sader and her prime interest as a hobby i 


We, all true Christians, are the body of Christ. Do w 
really live entirely for Him? All of us know that w 
can't do it by ourselves. (I know I can't.) We have t 
remember that we have God's power to keep froi 
sinning and just keep our minds on Him. 

Close with conversational prayer. 

ebniary 24, 1973 



At this time of year we talk a lot about love. Not 
30 long ago we celebrated ChrLatmeis. Christmastime 
'nanages to bring love out of almost everyone. We give 
lifts to one another showing them that we love them. 
Ve talk much about God's love for us, a love so great 
t caused Him to send Jesus to earth to tell us about it. 

Soon after Christmas all of the greeting card racks 
xe filled with Valentines and all the merchants have 
.eart-shaped things for sale hoping everyone wiU buy 
jomething for people they love. AU of this is fun and 
t's nice to show our love in giving cards and presents 
[ut love isn't something you talk about once or twice a 
'ear and spend money to show it — love is something 
ou do! 

In Proverbs 17:17a it says, "A friend loveth at all 
iimes." Notice it doesn't say sometimes, it says "at all 
imes." Jesus Christ is that kimd of Friend. He loves 
is all of the time. He doesn't love everything we do 
nd say, but He loves us. 

Just what is LOVE? Let's read I Corinthians 13 and 
ee. (Use Living Bible) Read verses 4 through 7 again 
lowly and think carefully about what they say. 

How can you share Christ through love? Be patient 
.nd kind even when things don't go just the way you 
rant them to. Be interested in helping others. If any- 
ne asks why you are helping tell them God loves them 

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by Mrs. Gary Taska 

and you love them too. Use eveiy chance you get to 
tell others that God loved them so much He sent Jesus 
to die for their sins and they can understand His love 
when they ask Him to come into their heart. 

It may be that you have not asked God for His for- 
giveness and love. If so, ask Him to come into your 
heart and help you love others too. 

The."e is a chorus that has three verses and they go 
like this: (1) "It's love that makes the world go 'round; 
(2) It's you that makes the love go 'round; (3) So pass 
it an, God's love is free to everyone." 

Share God's love by passing it on to everyone you 


In its hustle and its bustle. 
Life is like a bUlieu'd gajne 
As the balls bump one another. 
We make contacts much the same. 

But, with people, there's dlff'rence; 
When one shoots a biUlard baU, 
And a billiard strikes another. 
It will leave no mark at all. 

In the course of daily living. 
On the job or on the street. 
We are sure to make impressions 
On the people that we meet. 

These impressions may be ugly 
If we're ruthless and unkind, 
Or they may be an enrichment 
If we're thoughtful, just, and kind. 

We should be so very careful 
Lest we cause someone to fall. 
May our contacts be uplifting 
To our brothers one and all. 

Norman McPherson 

Pag« Sixteen 

The Brethren Evangelic 



MARCH 8-11. 1973 


Theme: "Calling Our Continent To Christ" 

Text: Hebrews 13:8 



^ebniary 24, 1973 

Page Seventeen 

Conference Board of Directors: 

Moderator Rev. Bucd< Garreitt 

Vice Moderaitor , Don Mullins 

Secretary Rev. Alvin Shilllett 

Treasurer Bill Hubble 

Trustee Board Representative Don Huse 

Mission Board Representative Ralphi Kullman 

Christian Education Board Representative 

Ruth Creson 

Members at Large Rev. William Anderson 

James Walters 


Opening Conference 

Devotions Manteca 

Response of Delegates 
Business Session 
Report of Credentials Committee 
Substitute of Alternates 
Appointment of Committees: 

Tellers, Rules & Organization, Auditing 
Election of Conference Officers 
Election to District Mission Board 
Election to Berean Trustee Boiard 
Election to Board of Chrisitian Education 
Election of Ministerial Examining Board 
Election of member to Annual 
Conference Executive Committee 
Song Service and Special Music . Stockton 

Keynote Address Don Mullins 

Vice Moderator 

Fellowship Hour Manteca 

Reorganization of District Boards 

FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 1973 

P.M. Song Service 

P.M. Simultaneous Sessions 

W.M.S., Ministers, Laymen, Youth 
P.M. Song Service & Special Music . . Manteca 
P.M. Moderator's Address . . Rev. Buck Garrett 
Lathrop Brethren Church 

P.M. Fellowship Hour Manteca 

Board of Director's Meeting 


Song Service & Special Music . . Lathrop 
Devotions Stockton 

Lawrence Sanders, M.D. - Speaker 

Business Session: 
Repoirt of CredentiEds Committee 
Substitution of Alternates 
Reading of Conference Minutes 
Report of Conference Treasurer and 
presentation of budget 

Report of District Mission Board 
Report of Berean Trustee Board 
Report of Board of Christian Education 
Brotherhood Reports 

12:15 P.M. Lunch Manteca Church 

1:30 P.M. Song Service & Devotions 

Rev. Milton Robinson 
1:45 P.M. Business Session: 

Report of CredentiEds Committee 
Substitution of Alternates 
Reading of Conference Minutes 
Statistician's Report by Secretary 
Brotherhood Reports: 

Board of Christian Education 
General Missionary Board 
Central Council 
Publication Board 
Ashland College and Seminary 
Benevolent Board 
Invitation for 1974 District Conference 
Unfinished Business 
Final Reading of minutes 
Adjournmanit of Business Session 

5:00 P.M. Dinner Manteca Church 

Youth Banquet 
6:30 P.M. Singsph-ation 

7:00 P.M. Message Rev. Clayton Berkshire 

Papago Park Brethren Church 
Tempe, Arizona 

SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 1973 

Worship Service in local Churches 
9:30 A.M. Sunday School (Manteca) 
10:30 A.M. Worship (Manteca) 
9:45 A.M. Sunday School (Lathrop) 
11:00 A.M. Worship (Lathrop) 
10:00 A.M. Sunday School (Stockton) 
11:00 A.M. Worship (Stockton) 
3:00 P.M. Inspirational Hour 

"The King's Conquarers" 
4:30 P.M. Dinner (Pot Luck) 
6:00 P.M. District Board of Christian Education 
7:00 P.M. Song Service 

Installation of New Board of Directors 

7:30 P.M. Special Music Manteca Church 

Missionary Service John Rowsey 

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The Brethren Evangelist 


by Dr. D. Bruce Lockerbii 


fY wife and I were returning home from Washing- 
ton, D.C. As our taxi sped toward the Arlington 
Bridge and National Airport, the glow of spotlights 
suffusing the Lincoln Memorial suddenly attracted me. 
I asked our driver, a black man, to take us once around 
the circle to the front of the Memorial 

As we sat looking up at the wonder of living stone, 
I mumbled something about the sanctity of the shrine. 
Our driver nodded, then turning to face us he said, "I 
don't know if you feel like me, but there's times when 
I just look at him and the tears come. We understand 
what he meant, but most white people who would help 
us are being scared off by black militants. Bigots seem 
to be gaining, and it don't look good for the home team." 

We drove on, the flame on the hillside in the darkness 

ahead reminding us of another President cut down by 

hatred. The metaphor of the cab driver seared my mind 

— "the home team," a phrase from the baseball song. 

Let me root, root, root for the home team, 

If they don't win, it's a shame. 

The home team, I thought, is the team that represent 
me, my homeland, the America in which I've chosei 
to Live and raise my family. 

But why should the single remark of a black strange 
prod me so? On the plane coming home and since^ I'v 
wrestled with my conscience over my pretended tola 
ance amd tacit racism. 

Oh, I'd never been a conscious bigot. In college am 
after, I competed in track with blacks, some of whor. 
— ^pardon the expression! — were among my best friends 
I've been teaching for 16 years in a Christian school ami 
always felt that I understood the two-dozen-or-so blacl 
students and their needs. 

For a long time — I've come to realize — I wasni 
with the home team because I hadn't made up my mini 
which side was which. My background had a lot to d 
with my indecisiveness. I'm what careless journaUslt 
call as WASP, but that's no description, only a clicM 
My background, more accurately, is lower-middle claa 
and Middle- American; Canadian by birth, I'm now 
naturalized American citizen. My Canadian relativei 
stiU live in the Stephen Foster era: they call blacW 

My Christian upbringing was fundamentalist, BaptiS, 
by denomination. I've heard the teaching that usai 
Scripture to condemn black men as descendants < 
Ham, Noah's prurient son. I know the concern to evai 
gelize Africa, "the Dark Continent," that all but oblite 
ates any social conoem at home. I remember raci 
jokes I heard told from pulpits to white-on-white co: 
gregations. I recall listening to the Eureka Jubil< 
Singers and wondering why they didn't sing the hymi 
as written — I'd never heard of "soul." 

To someone with this background, the drama of tl 
civil rights struggle, the Black Flevolution, had its iron 
counter-balances. Yes, there was the governor in tl 
school doorway, but there was also the senseless sel 
slaughter of guerrilla fighting in Watts, Hough, ai 
Newark. There were both the restauranteur with b 
ax handles and the terrifying hatred in Leroi Jon« 
plays. There was the Dream of Martin Luther King, Ji 
there was also the screech of Rap Brown. 

Rather than decide between these alternatives, 
found it easier to dismiss much of the movement 
just one more instance of the white man's favor 

'ebruary 24, 1973 

Page Nineteen 

aricature of black dignity — the spats and bowler hats 
f Amos 'n Andy and the Kingfish on their way to 
le weekly meeting of the Mystic Knights of the Milky 
'ay. » 

I grew cynical about power struggles and feuds that 
juptured unity ajnong black leaders and led eventually 

the assassination of Malcolm X. I pondered rumors 
inking one black man with the Cliinese Communists, 
.nother with the NationEd Liberation Froinit. I listened 
/hile a Baptist pastor told his congregation that Dr. 
ving masterminded a stolen car ring in Atlanta. I could 
ransfer some of my tears into outbursts of mixed rage 
jid amusement at the attempts of James Formam to 
ibtain reparations from American churches. Over all 
hese incidents lurked the shadowy possibility of a race 
var, led perhaps by Eldridge Cleaver, that would blow 
is all into eternity. 

Still, my conscience was troubled by those acts of 
/hite insanity that kept the bomb fused. The murders 
f Medgar Evers, Dr. King, and others; the senseless, 
bvious injustice that stripped Muhammad Ali of his 
oxing championship title; the curious singling out for 
ebuke of Adam Clayton Powell by his Congressional 
oUeagues; the unwarranted harassment of black 
olitical organizations by federal or municipal authori- 
les. For me the most obscene gesture of white re- 
■ression had been the gagging of a manacled Bobby 
eale in an American courtroom. Yet I did nothing. 

I can't blame my inaction on my Christian faith, even 
lough much of evangelical Christianity in America 
laintains a reti'^nched social position. It's trite to say 
iat the most segregated time and place in American 
fe is eleven o'clock Sunday mornings in church. The 
ypical Protestant church goes through its acts of wor- 
hip in 1972 as though it were 1932. Choirs still sing 
Negro spirituals" with no apparent sense of irony in 
le metaphors of deUverance in "Swing Low, Sweet 
Chariot" Or "Go Down, Moses." Sin is conventionally 
escribed in degrees of blackness, righteousness is 
'hite and pure. Missionary endeavor is stUl reported, 
s in my childhood, in the rhetoric of colonialism. "The 
^hite man's burden" is the obligation to convert the 
eathen, not only to Christ but also to Western culture. 

I attend a suburban church in an old Long Island 
)wn, a university center. Within a mile or so of our 
hurch is a settlement of blacks whose ancestors date 
ack to long before the Revolutionary War. A mile in 
le opposite direction stands a migrant workers' dorm- 
ory. Black men in our community have some difficulty 
etting a haircut in local barbershops. Our township has 
^jected an open-housing covenant. But my church isn't 
fficially aware of any of these developments. We have 
Imost no dealings with our black neighbors; we 
larcely know they exist. 

When the subject is raised, one heairs pious evasions 
nd rationalizations. "In Jesus' time, the Roman Empire 
ad slavery far worse than anything we've ever had 

1 America. Yet Jesus never said a word about abolish- 
ig slavery for equal rights. Are you saying you're 
lore concerned about someone's condition than Jesus 
'as?" Or this: "The only thing the Negro needs is 
'hat every man needs, whatever his color. They all 
eed Christ to save them from their sins. Then we can 
et an with talk about improving life in the ghetto." 

It's this digging in the heels that the press character- 
izes as "a white backlash in the Bible Belt." But Chris- 
tian racism is far moire serious than that. It's an out- 
right assault, in the name of Christian orthodoxy, on 
the doctrine of God's universal love. 

The central teaching of Jesus is "good news" — the 
gospel that sets men free. Free from an enshackling 
intolerance toward some, free from a feeble tolerance 
of others. The Christian gospel should liberate from 
the narrowness of sectarianism; it should turn loose 
a man's spirit to find its loftiest opportunities in service 
for others, regardless of race because God is no respecter 
of persons. 

My racial attitudes resulted from a refusal to involve 
myself personally in the legitimate grievances of black 
people because of my scruples over certain extremist 
methods. Seeing offence on both sides, I tried to retreat 
to a supposed neutrality, a benign tolerance. I wouldn't 
offer my hand to help those who, because they are black 
and for no other reason, feel oppression as I do not. 
By being neutral, I've been giving support to the wrong 

But now it's time to change, and though it's late to 
begin I must declare my love and support for the home 
team — for persons of any race, just as the old Sunday 
school song says. 

Red and yeUow, black and white. 

They are precious in His sight. 
This is the home team, but if we don't win, it will be 
the shame of us all. 

Dr. Lockerbie is chairman of the English 
Department, The Stony Brook School, Stony 
Brook, N.Y. He is the author of a dozen books, 
including The Way They Should Go (Oxford 
University Press, 1972). 

Pag:e Twenty 

Tlie Brethren EvaiigelL* 


by Phil Lersch, Chairman 
Brethren World Relief Committee 

In April 1972, Pastor Lersch and John, his son, represented the Breth- 
ren Church on a three-week tour of six countries in Southeast Asia — spon- 
sored by the World Relief Commission of the National Association of 
Evangelicals. This is the EIGHTH in a series of reports to the denomina- 
tion about the trip. W.R.C. is the evangelical relief agency through which 
Brethren World Relief monies are channeled. 


As you would expect in Seoul, Korea, everything 
about the "Korea House" Restaurant was typically 
Oriental. The architecture, furnishings and food re- 
minded us continually that we were in Korea. Especially 
when we checked our shoes at the entrance to the dining 
room, as you might check your hat and coat at a con- 
cert, and then sat on cushions on the floor for an 
elaborate meal. 

The menu included seaweed soup, "kim chi" (pickled 
cabbage and red hot peppers ) , short ribs, boOed chicken, 
beef cuts, fish, rice, salad of white radishes and pears, 
angel food (nuts and hamburger balls), Korean spinich, 
apples, barley tea and Coke. Delicious! Glass spoons 
were provided for the soup, but otherwise the only 
utensils were silver chopsticks. "When in Korea, do 
as the . . ." 

Our tour group was privileged to eat this meal with 
missionaries to Korea, Korean pastors and wives, and 
World Relief Commission personnel in Korea. Not only 
was it a time to honor faithful WRC workers, but the 

WRC officials at the speakers' table for the Korea 

House Dinner. All guests are seated on 

cushions on the floor for the meal. 

significant announcement was made that WRC wa 
phasing out its work in Korea in June, 1972. 

In one sense it brought sadness to end 16 years o 
such excellent cooperation for relief work. But it wa 
also a time of pride to have accomplished a signifioan 
job so well. Few nations have recovered as quickly fron 
war as has South Korea. 

WRC certainly isn't reducing it's operation one degret 
just changing from one strategic area of need to soni' 
others. As Dr. Graffam explained, there are just to< 
many other areas whose need for aid is more cruda 
than that in Korea right now. 

During the evening, these facts emerged about thi 
work of WRC in Korea in the past 16 years: 
— WRC has channeled over 35 million dollars of re 

lief supplies to Korea. 
— For over 10 years, WRC has been feeding as higl 

as 76,000 people every day in South Koi^ea. 

— They have been heavily involved in communit} 

development, especially the Honam Land Reclama 

tion Project — ^the largest in Korea. 

— The care and feeding of orphans and widows ha; 

continued since the wEur. Even now at the end of i 

5-year phase down program, WRC was feedimf 

12,000 orphans daily. '■ 

— A significant pilot project now is the Day Nursery 

Program. The Korean government is establishing 

600 Day Nurseries, for 25,000 children now involved 

— None of these things could have been possible with 

out the support of the United States, the Work 

Relief Commission, and a dedicated Korean staff 

— The WRC slogan has always been, "Food for th( 

Body and Food for the Soul." 
Entertainment for the program was provided by tht. 
Orphan Girls' Choir, the same one which met us a' 
the airport earlier on this same day. After those en 
joyable moments, it was time to return to the hotel— 
for much needed rest after our first full day in Korea 
Oops! don't forget to retrieve your shoes in the hallwa.v 
on the way out. 

(Next time — Panmunjom, Nam Sung Keun, Etc.) 
St. Petersburg, Florida 

'ebruary 24, 1973 

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Rodger H. Geaslen 


rN the Michael Resse Hospital, Chicago, is the 
American Association of Blood Banks' rare blood 
.■enter. Here is a medical technician, whose job it is to 
:ind raire blood. He has saved countless lives around 
he world. 

We are told that there are 26 ways of grouping blood 
ypes and also 25 other blood systems! Truly, as Psalm 
-39:14 says, we are "fearfully and wonderfully made." 
iow marvelous it is that because of this Center and 
he ceaseless diligence of the workers, the precious 
ypes of blood can so often be found aind lives saved 
hrough their efforts. 

The most valuable blood of all is that which "cleans- 
rth us from all sin" (I John 1:7). It is "the precious 
)lood of Chrisit" (I Peter 1:19). 

Divine juatioe decreed that "without shedding of 
)lood is no remission" (Hebrews 9:22). The Lord said: 
'For the life of the flesh is in the blood; and I have 
jiven it to you upon the altar to make an atoinement 

for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh lan atone- 
ment for the soul" (Leviticus 17:11). 

Annual sacrifices prevailed in the Old Testament 
times, but now the question is asked: "For if the blood 
of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprink- 
ling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the 
flesh; How much more shall the blood of Clhrist, who 
through the eternal Spirit offered himseK without spot 
to God, purge your conscience fro^m dead works to serve 
the Uvmg CJod?" (Hebrews 9:13, 14). 

The song of the redeemed to the Lord is: "Thou art 
worthy . . . for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us 
to God by thy blood . . ." (Revelation 5:9). 

A beUever in the sacrificial death of Christ requires 
no other plea than the precious blood of Christ for the 
saving of his soul, and he can sing: 
"Just as I am, without one plea, 
But that Thy blood was shed for me, 
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee, 
O Lamb of God. I come, I come!" 

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Tlie Brethi-en Evang«lis 



The Lanark First Brethren Church is using Laity 
With Life each Sunday morning during the worship 
hour. A lay person is selected by the Pastor to be the 
first one to bring an (approx. 5 minute) devotion, medi- 
tation, testimony, song or etc. of his or har own choos- 
ing. We try to give each person at least two weeks to 
prepare. Each person in turn then asks someone else 
and we have been going since the first Sunday in 
September. We use it for 9 months, then give it a 
summer break. (Note: I selected and asked the first one 
but from that point on the laity keep it going. I keep 
check so that I can give encouragement and place their 
name in the bulletin and etc.) 

This has been a tremendous stimulus to our worship. 
Many have given far beyond their personal ability, 
simply because they have ti-usted God. This is what we 
desire as weU as the Lord! Some have said "No" to 
one person and then "Yes" to someone else a month 
later, not because of the person who asked them, but 
because they felt God had now prepared them for Laity 
With Life. The name suggests what we are desiring. 
Lay people with LIFE — the life of Jesus to Sihare. 

We have not excluded anyone from the opportunity. 
Old or young — we have had persons nearly 80 and 

some in Jr. High giving forth life as they have beei 
lead. In all God has been glorified and laity are grow 
ing in Christ and his riches. Read Romans 12:9-13 ani 
note verse 11, which says in the Berkeley Versioi 
". . . never slacking in interest; as the Lord's servant 
keeping spiritually aglow;". We anticipate by th 
power of the Holy Spirit that Laity With Life is help 
ing our lEiity to be "spiritually aglow." May the name o 
Jesus be praised by the positive glow of Christians ii, 
the pew who will stand and speak the testimony o; 
their Lord! i 

Paul D. Steiner "^ 

To illustrate how this program can blend in nicely i 
any worship service a portion of an order of servic 
is exemplified: 

Ritual of Friendship 

The Lord's Work 

Laity Witli Life (Lay person) 

Moments for meditation 
Pastoral Prayer 

Choral Response 
Hymn No 


Bbruary 24, 1973 

I'agre Twenty-throe 


The Rev. J. D. Hamel, D.D., will begin his fourteenth 
'sir in Sarasota m Feba-uary as the pastor of the First 
rethren Church. The Sarasota church began as a ten 
)Uar club mission church with its original ten people 
ho met in the home of Pastor Emeritus Rev. and Mrs. 
;«d Vainator and Mr. and Mrs. Carl MohJer in 1954. 
Since Pastor Hamel began his ministry with 70 mem- 
■rs in February of 1960 the church has grown to a 
esent membership of 576. During the past year First 
■ethren received into membership 68 new members 
' baptism and letter. The last three months have 
own an exciting gain in attendanioe over the leist three 
onths of 1971. In Morning worship attendance our 
■erage hias increased from 349 to 424; in Sunday 
hool from 184 to 233; in Evening Worship from 120 
168; and in the Wednesday night service, "the sweet- 

est service of the week," from 107 to 110. This is an 
average weeiily gain far the quarter of 49 in Sunday 
school; 75 in Morning WorsWp; 48 in Evening Worship; 
and 3 in Wednesday attendance. 

Our last three Sunday morning worship attendances 
have been 627, 604 and 649 compared with 411, 430 and 
467 the last three Sunday mornings in 1971. 

During the past year Sarasota First Birethren hired 
its first associate pastor, Rev. Bill Ross; aired its first 
weekly television broadcast for eight months; inaug- 
urated its first bus ministry; organized its first Junioi." 
Church and began its special emphasis on a "bus 
orientated" visitation program in the community. This 
coming month the pastor also begins his seventh yesir 
on Radio Station W.S.A.F., on "The Brethren Hour." 
Submitted by Moderator Hay Mason 

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The Brethren Evangelist 


One who reads the Book of Acts with any degree of 
sensitivity cannot help but be impressed with the cen- 
trality of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. At the heart 
of each public message, at the core of all personal 
testimony, at the center of Christian hope and joy was 
the reality of a resuiTection. 

If the twentieth centui-y church lacks the power wliicli 
the Christians in the Early Church manifested — and 
the evidence seems conclusive — it might be that we do 
not to the seime degree live in and witness to the 
resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

In this single great event reside the basic founda- 
tions for our Christian faith: proof of Christ's Deity, 
confirmation of His many promises, assurance of our 
justification, and guarantee of our own resurrection. A 
rebirth of the full meaning of Easter will rekindle the 
personal Ufe and witness of the Church. Hence, Key 73, 
in its third phase of evangeUstic outreach, is "Calling 
Our Continent to the Resurrection." 
Remember the Resurrection 

Easter is at the heEu:-t and core of Key 73 and of the 
entire Christian faith. Without it there would be no 
reason for witnessing. With it the witness has a mes- 
sage as well as an indwelling power. 

Christ claimed to be the Son of God. This bold 
assetion had to be substantiated by some direct inter- 
vention of divine proportions. So Christ was "declared 
to be the Son of God with jKcwer — by the resurrection 
for the Dead" (Romans 1:3). 

The resurrection of Jesus Christ not only coniflrmed 
His person, but it also confirmed His word. If Christ 
foretold with precision that He would die and rise again 
on the third day, and the event came true in every 
detail, then everything He said must be accepted as 
true: the words He spoke were given to Him by the 
Father, His blood had to be shed for the remission of 
sins, those who accepted that Word would have lasting 
life, and those who rejected it would be eternally 

Although man may temporarily alter his time of 
death, he cannot remove its certainty. Death, that last 
enemy to be destroyed, is summarily dealt with by 
an eve;iit of resurrection. Resurrection demands a pre- 
vious death; for the Christian the restoration is as 
certain as the decease. 

Faith in a resurrected Christ brings hope for 
personal resurrection. It answers Job's perplexed 
plea, "If a man die, shall he live again?" (Job 14:14). 
Because of Easter and the event it celebrates, there 
comes a resounding "Yes." 

But the efficacy of the Resurrection is not all future. 
Christians live day by day in the power manifested in 
Christ's resurrection. A risen High Priest lives to meike 
intercession for us now. 

Paul knew the power of the Resurrection in his hu- 
man existence. "The life which I now live in the flesh 
I live by the faith of the Son of God" (Galatians 2:20i. 
And the resurrected Jesus, after He ascemded into 
Heaven, sent the Holy Spirit to be His omnipresent 

Paul passed the truth on to the church at Rome. "If 
the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead 
dwell in you, he — shall also quicken your mortal bodies" 
(Romans 8:11). 

Resurrection Power in Key 73 

Christianity gives witness to a Person and an Event 
(the Resurrection). Man-made reUgions usually have a 
person, a founder, who symbolizes the spirit of the 
systems; but no man-made religion has a resurrection 
event. So Key 73 must give witness to boith. j 

It is in the third phase of the Key 73 program thai ; 
the true spirit of cooperative effort through indepen- 
dent methodology becomes most evident. Although 
there is never any attempt in Key 73 to achieve an 
ecumenical unity in which individual groups lose their 
identity, the earlier phases give more specific sugges 
tions for cooperative outreach so that the feeling ol 
magnitude — the great host of Christians who are moti- 
vated by a similar love for Christ — wUl both encourage 
and inspire greater involvement in evangelism. Phas€ 
Three offers three dozen suggestions for effective wit 
ness programs, both formal and informal, for reaching 
the unchurched of the North American continent. 

The evangelistic outreach of the Church falls intc 
three categories of action: direct, indirect, and directed. 
Direct witness is personal confrontation — one witness 
presents the claims of Christ to one sinner; Christ usee 
direct witness in leading the Samaritan woman to a neu 
life. Indirect witness uses other forms of minisitry, sue! 
as healing, teaching, and bringing comfort, to arrive 
at the greater need of a persongd Saviour. Directec 
witnessing is sharing the gospel through a structurec 
program; Christ sent out the Twelve and the Sevent} 
with a special commission and detailed instructions foi 
evangelizing their world. 

The 36 suggestions given in the Phase Three sectior 
of the Key 73 Congregational Resource Book are ex 
amples of directed witnessing. They range from effec 
live denominational programs to such well-known inter 
denominational ministries as Campus Crusade foi 
Christ, ChUd Evangelism Fellowship, Inter-Varsit,\ 
Christian Fellowship, The Navigators, and Youth foi 
Christ International. There should be no excuse fo 
lack of evangelistic involvement. Among these an( 
other existing programs is the one which wUl satisf> 
individual or local preferences. 

Key 73 seeks to revive in the twentieth century th( 
first centuiy emphasis on Resurrection witness. Easter 
tlie high day of the Christian calendar, is the logica 
time to recall Christians to the heart of their experieno 
and to put a renewed power into then- witness. 

The power of His resurrection! May it be releasei 
an?w in our world today! 

More complete details and suggestions on local in 
volvement in Phase Tliree of Key 73 may be foimd if 
the Congi-egational Resource Book, available from K»" 
73. 418 Olive Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63103; pric 


February 24, 1973 

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by David Stoof 

From TEACH Magazine. C Copyright 1973 by 
G/L Publications, Glendale, California. Used by 


FAYBE you shouldn't be teaching! Maybe yc 

Thart's right — maybe you should say "no" when ask( 
to teach a Sunday school class. 

If you are a frustrated Sunday school teacher, tl 
above words might be all that is necessary for you j 
write out your resignation. ^ 

If you are a pressured Sunday school superintendei 
you may be crying out, "HERESY!" 

But before letters of resignation are written or here 
trials are convened, consider a very important questioi 
How do I know that I am called of God to be a Sumdi 
school teacher? With all the demands on my time, hoi 
can I be certain that the moat effective place of servii 
for me wiU be teaching a Sunday school class? How ( 
I decide? 

The apostle Paul gives us guidelines for decision ma 
ing when he describes the church as "the Body 
Christ." (See I Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4 ai 
Romans 12:3-8). When we understand how the differe' 
members of the Body relate to and support one anoth' . 
we can understand and discover our unique area ij 
personal ministry. 

There is a variety of spiritual gifts In the Body ' 
Christ. And just as there are various organs within tl| 
physical body, each performing different functions, I 
there is a diversity of gifts or ministries within t 
Church. I 

Paul lists about eighteen spiritual gifts, depend!) 
on how you categorize them. These gifts are not diff< 

ebruaa^ 24, 1973 

Pag-e Twenty-seven 

nt talents, like playing the piano or singing, but 
arieties of niinistries. 
In the Body of Christ, every Christian has a spiritual 

ift. If you have received Jesus Christ into your life as 
.ord and Saviour, tlien you have been given a spiritual 
ift for service. This gift of service is your ministry! 
'hese service gifts include such ministries as pastor, 
vangelist, administration, giving, shovirlng mercy, giv- 
ng help, and TEACHING. 

But the questions still remain — "How do I find my 
ailing or spiritual gift or ministry?" 

Look first at Romans 12:3-8. Paul begins his intro- 
uction of the subject of spiritual gifts by directing us 

"have a sane estimate of (our) capabilities" (Romans 
2:3, PliiUips). 

So the first step in discovering your spiritual gift and 
linistry is to look carefully at yourself and what you 
re capable of doing. 

Say, for example, you have several opportunities for 
ervioe open to you. Besides being a Sunday school 
aacher you have been asked to pEtrticipate in visitation 
vangelism, work in the church nursery, or be a mem- 
er of the deacon board. 

But Paul says that the first step is not to look at the 
ptions, but to look at yourself and your labilities. How 
las God put you together? What would you really enjoy 
joing? Be honest in your answer. Not "What oug-lit I 
b do?" but "What would I enjoy doing?" "Delight 
burseLf in the Lord; and He wUl give you the desires 
f your heart" (Psalm 37:4, NASB). 

Your work within the Body of Christ should be an 
ffering of joy, an act of celebration, not some drudgery 
aat pushes you to the edge of nervous collapse. "I 
eUght to do Thy wUl, O my God" (Psalm 40;8a, NASB) 
liould be the experience of every Christian worker. 

1 Don't worry about the jobs you turn down, If you 
m honestly say "no" because you believe the areas of 
irvice offered to you are not related to your spiritual 
"ift, then you can be sure that God wUl provide some- 
ne else for those ministries; He wiU provide other 
teople with the necessary spiritual gifts. 

I Note that nothing has been said about being qualified. 
hat is not the question in point. We begin by evaluating 
'ur feelings and abilities to find out where we would 
ajoy serving. But to "find out," we must be famdiar 
rith what is involved in each of the options. Spend 
me investigating and observing the opportunities. Ask 
od to guide you in your choice. 
■ The second step in discovering your spiritUial gift 

in verse 6 of Romans 12: "And since we have gifts 
lat differ according to the grace given to us, let each 
i^ercise them accordingly" (Romains 12:6, NASB). 

If in the process of evaluation, observation and prayer 
3u feel that you would enjoy teaching a Sunday school 
ass, then the next step is to start teaching. But just as 
I exercising your physical muscles, "warm up" slowly. 
o not go aU out the first time. 

You need training. So you get into a teacher-training 
orkshop. Perhaps you start out as a substitute or an 
distant. You may even get some "in-service training" 
>■ teaching a class of your o^wn. But the important 
>int is that you start to exercise your spiritual gift. 

Once you have moved out by faith to exercise what 
3u beUeve to be your spiritual gift, the next sitep is to 
?t "fedback": the confirming of your gift by its results, 
hese "results" may take several forms. It might be 

the respomse of the class to your teaching — the spon- 
taneous encouraging comment from individuals in the 
class. The results could be the numerical growth of the 
class. The results may simply be a sense of satisfaction 
that comes after the class session — the satisfaction that 
it was a good session, lots of involvement by the stu- 
dents and good discussion. These are indications that 
you are "coming through" to your students. 

But. . . 

What if there is no confirmation? What if you find 
total frustration? Be sure your frustration does not 
come from lack of training, or failure on the part of 
the Sunday school leaders to clearly define your task. 
If, however, your training is adequate and job descrip- 
tion clear and you still do not find this confirmation of 
your spiritual gift, go back to the first step and re- 

Stepping out in faith may include making "mistakes." 
Do not hesitate to correct these mistakes and move on! 
Sometimes finding God's wUl is a process of elimina- 
tion. Christ has set us free to explore the possibilities. 

In long-range perspective, your spiritual gift will be 
confirmed when it accomplisihes the purpose of spiritual 
gifts: "to equip God's people for work in his service, to 
the building up of the body of Christ" (Ephesians 4:12, 
New English Bible). 

Spiritual gifts are given to all of God's people so they 
can minister. These gifts are given to believers so they 
may equip other believers to better serve the Lord Jesus 

The teaohinig ministry is a cycle. We teaoh others so 
that they mature and teach others to find their place 
of ministry in the Body of Christ. 

We help each other to attain "to the unity of the 
faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a 
mature man, to the measure of the stature which be- 
longs tio the fulness of Christ. As a result, we are no 
longer to be children, tossed here and there . . ." 
(Ephesians 4:13, 14 NASB). This is the goal of the 

What are the results in your own life as you find 
your spiritual gift of service? There is a sense of 
adequacy. You vwU be aware that God has equipped you 
for the job to wiiich He has called you. Because it is a 
"spiritual" gift, the Holy Spirit is the One at work in 
and through you. 

As you depend upon the Holy Spirit you will experi- 
ence a new feeling of adequacy aind freedom. You can 
become more open and non-defensive. You can begin 
to be a "real" person, honestly growing and learning 
with your students. 

Your attitude of openness frees you to abandon that 
"air of authority" which so often surrounds teachers. 
The Word of God is our ruling authority; your respon- 
sibility is to direct students into the Word of God to 
find that true authority for their lives. 

If God has called you to be a teacher, then exercise 
your gift in the boldness of faith and with confidence 
that God has equipped you for the task. 

If God has not called you to be a teacher — if He has 
not given you the spiritual gift of teaching — then say 
"NO!" when asked to teach. 

Then find what your gift is and exercise it in the 
appropriate place in Christ's Body. 

Maybe you shouldn't be teaching — but you should be 
serving Christ! 

Pag« Twenty-eight 

The Brethren Evangelisi 

World Religious News 

in Review 

TOPS $100,000 

Kansas City, Mo. (EP) — The 
517,274-member Church of the Naz- 
arene, eyeing continued gains in 
membership and missionai-y enter- 
prise, topped all previous giving 
records in personal giving last year 
with a $254.41-per-member tally 
which produced $106,369,614 com- 
pared to $95,788,676 in 1971. 

The holiness denomination has 
traditioncdly ranked first in the 
nation in per capita giving among 
denominations with 200,00 or more 
members. By the end of the decade 
the half-mUlion-member denomina- 
tion hopes to double its present 


Seoul (EP) — Twenty-four hours 
after a violent storm destroyed the 
twin direationicil radio towers of 
Radio HLKX, in South Korea, the 
station was back on the air with a 
temporary long-wire antenna. 

Operated by the EvangeUcal Alli- 
ance Mission, the station has been 
broadcasting the Gospel for 16 
years in Korean, Chinese, Russian 
and English. 

AT DEC. 25 

. .New Haven, Conn. (EP) — A 
papyrus document from Egypt on 
display at Yale University here is 
believed to be the earliest surviving 
written record estabhshing the birth 
date of Jesus as Dec. 25. 

The papyrus, which bears Greek- 
Coptic script, was used as a magical 
charm against snakebite, according 
to officials of the Beinecke Rare 
Book and Manuscript Library here 
which is presenting the document. 

On it are words that are trans- 
lated, "Christ was bom on Dec. 29th 
of Choiakh." Because of calendar 
changes, officials say that the date 
now corresponds to Dec. 25. 

Dallas, Tex. (EP)— A series of 26 

thirty-minute telecasts in full color 
titled "Probe" ajie being produced 
by Dr. Harlin J. Roper through 
Evangelical Projects, Inc. 

Ten of the largest cable TV com- 
panies in America have requested a 
pUot tape of the program for consid- 
eration. These companies have more 
than two million paid subscribers 
in 700 cities. Dr. Roper said. 

The format includes interviews 
with prominent people in many 
fields for a probing of Scripture for 
answers to problems and issues of 

Dr. Roper is the retired former 
ministeir of Scofield Memorial 
Church here. 



Akron^ O. (EP) — Cease and 
desist orders have been served 
against Evangelist Rex Humbard's 
Cathedral of Tomorrow enterprises 
by four states who forbid sales or 
offerings of securities. 

The orders were "technically 
ordered because of the corporation's 
failure to register to sell the secur- 
ities in the states. A spokesman for 
the Missouri Secretary oif State 
pointed out, however, that the 
Cathedral of Tomorroiw is operating 
at a substantial deficit. It has 
mortgages of more tlian $6 mUlion 
that were incurred in building and 
acquiring various religious, educa- 
tional and broadcasiting facilities. 

One major creditor is the Team- 
sters Union Pension Fund, which 
holds a $5.5 million note. A 1963 
loan of $1.2 million from the Team- 
sters reportedly saved the Hum- 
bard enterprises from bankruptcy. 

As of April 1972, the total Hum- 
bard enterprises, including a girdle 
company, an electronics finn and 
an advertising agency, were esti- 
mated to be worth $45 million. 




West Point, N.Y. (EP)— Religiou. 
life at the U.S. Military Academj 
here wiU not be greatly affected b; 
the Supreme Court's refusal to rs! 
view a lower court ruling whiclj 
held that compulsory chapel attend 
ance at service academies is an 

That was the opinion of the Revi 
James D. Ford, a Lutheran pasta 
who is senior chaplain at Wes| 
Poinit. Chaplain Ford said that the 
worship hfe at the academy woult 
go on "with a great enthusiasm." 

Much of the religious program 
ming at West Point has Einticipate* 
the changes on the American relig 
ious scene, Chaplain Ford stated. Hi 
noted that in the last few yean 
cadets had the option of attendinjj 
worship in the cadet chapel, denoir 
inational worship services, or a k 
ligion class. 

Presumably all requii-ed reUgiou 
activities at the academy will noiv 
cease. In mid-December the hig! 
court unanimously refused to hea 
arguments appealing the decision o 
the U.S. Court of Appeals hande 
down last year. That decision (Lair 
V. Anderson, No. 72-653) prohibite* 
the service academies from requii 
ing students to attend religioii 

Chaplain Ford declared, "I don 
want to say the court decision wa 
good or bad. I'm saying that m 
job is to provide worship." 

There are many other religion 
activities at West Point, the ohai 
lain noted. He said that the pos 
Sunday School has more teacher: 
than it can use, and that the chai 
lains sponsor "five or six retreat 
a year and daily morning devotions. 


Lansing: (EP)— A biU that woul 
require the teaching of the biblic; 
view of creation alongside evolutioi 
ary theories in public schools wo 
its first round in the Michiga 

Opponents tried unsuccessfully t 
scutUe the bill which would requii 
pubUc schools to devote "a reasoi 
able amount of time" to the biblic: 
and other religious stories of ere 
tion in classes where evolution 
also presented. 

February 24, 1973 

Page Twenty-nine 


Glendale, CaUf. (EP)— The Rev. 
Einar Anderson, for 25 years a de- 
v-out Mormon but today a firebrand 
nangelist for the Gospel of Jesus 
.'hrist, leaves in late winter for a 
rip throughout the Philippines, 
\;orea, Japan, Taiwan and Aus- 
ralia, to warn audiences of the 
n-ror of the Mormon Church, It is 
he second trip to the Orienit for the 
evangelist and his wife. 

"Mormonism -and the Bible" is 
he theme of the missionary who 
lerves with Grace Mission, Inc., of 
jrand Rapids. 

; The Rev. Mr. Anderson is the 
(luthor of I Was a Mormon, pub- 
lished by Zondervan, and many 
imall boolilets and articles on the 
I'Utrages of the "mistaken church" 
ii'hich, he says, is growing fast in 
Jl parts of the world. 



i Columbus, Oliio (EP)— In coop- 

jration with Key 73, the Intema- 

ional Society of Christian Endeavor 

t3 planning a special Christian Youth 

'Vitness Program throughout the 


CE is joining more than 130 
'hristian groups in a continent- 
ide evangeUsm program. Christian 
:;ndeavoir will feature dramatiza- 
'.ons of the first CE society, organ- 
::ed Feb. 2, 1881, in Portland, 
lame, by Francis E. Clark, a Con- 
'regational minister. 

"Young People — ^Come to Church" 
'Ul be the theme of colorful poster 
'anels to be displayed in January 
nd February in cooperation with 
■lember companies of the Outdoor 
Idvertising Association of America, 

JDr. La Verne H. Boss of Grand- 
.ille, Mich., president of the Society, 
jiid the theme for the 1973 Chris- 
'an Endeavor Week, "Today and 
j.lways— CHRIST," highlights the 
.oeiety's "desire to share the Chris- 
;an faith with others." 
I Individuals are invited to enter 
■rticles, editorials, talks, posters, 


ack and white photographs, or 
jutoons used for Christian witness 
\ the community in the annual 
Ibert H. Diebold Awards program, 
'inners will receive some $1,300 in 
ish awards. 


Oklahoma City (EP) — Nearly 
6,000 high school and college young 
people from all parts of the state 
poured into Oklahoma City for the 
second annual Youth Evangelism 
Conference during the last week of 

The two-day event, sponsored by 
the Baptist General Convention, 
brought the young people together 
to hear a wide range of speakers for 
some soul-searching Bible study. 

Spurred on by the national trend 
toward increasing youthful interest 
in God, many said they were glad 
to see that since the beginning of 
the "Jesus movement" on many 
campuses students no longer had 
to be self-conscious about openly 
confessing Christ. 

The meeting was concluded at the 
State Fair Arena with Peter Mc- 
Leod of Scotland speaking. The 
Rev. Mr. McLeod is cun^ently pastor 
of the First Baptist Church in Waco, 

Featured also were Vernar John- 
son, a jazz artist; Ken Sumida, a 
former Buddhist; Johun Westbrook, 
the first black athlete to play var- 
sity footbaU in the Southwest Con- 
ference; Jim Beard, former national 
Future Farmers of America presi- 
dent, and Pam Vennerberg, Miss 
Oklahoma in the Miss U.S.A. 


Glendale, Calif. (EP)— The 10th 
annual Denominational Sei-vices 
Conference sponsored by Gospel 
Light Publications drew 60 execu- 
tives representing 12 million church 
members in 20 denominations. 

The four-day conference Jan 2-5 
opened Gospel Light's 40th year as 
one of several independent publish- 
ers of Christian Education materials 
in the United States, supplying many 
of the participating denominations 
with their Sunday school curriculum 

GL supplies moire than 40,000 
churches in 60 denominations with 
its more than 1,700 products, accord- 
ing to Dean A. Dalton, vice president 
of Denominational Services for the 


Princeton, N.J. (EP) — President 
Nixon, for the fourth consecutive 
year, heads the list of men the 
American people most admire in the 
world, according to the Gallup Poll. 

In second place for the fourth 
year was Evangehst Billy Graham. 
Dr. Graham has regularly been 
among the top 10 since he rose to 
fame in the early 1950s. 

Third on the list this time was 
Harry S. Truman who died Dec. 26. 
Mr. Truman consistently placed 
among the top five. He headed the 
list m 1948 and 1949. 

In fourth place this year — a new- 
comer — was Presidential Advisor 
Henry A. Kissinger. 

Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D- 
Mass.) is fifth on the Ust. The next 
five positions were filled by Ala- 
bama Gov. George C. Wallace, Vice 
President Spiro Agnew, Pope Paul 
VI, Sen. (^orge McGovern, and 
West German Chancellor Willy 




Cliarlotte, N.C. (EP) — In this 
hometown of Billy Graham an evan- 
gehcal research and historical center 
wiU be constructed dedicated to the 
world-wdde crusades of the evan- 

The Billy Graham Evangelistic 
Association has purchased a 161-acre 
site near the University of North 
Carolina at Charlotte and has named 
a committee to determine the struc- 
ture and function of the center. 


Princeton, N.J. (EP) — After a 
fairly steady decline in attendanrce 
for half a decade, churchgoing in 
the U.S. leveled off in 1973, accord- 
ing to the Gallup Poll. 

In a typical week last year 40 
per cent of adults attended church 
or synagogue. The year's figure 
matches the previous year's but is 
slightly lower than the figure of 
42 per cent recorded in 1970. 

Since 1955, a high point in church 
attendance, churchgoing has shown 
a steady decline, GaUup says. That 
year, 49 per cent of adults attended 
in a typical week. 

The siharpest drop since that time 
has come among Catholics. 

Page Thirty 

The Brethren Evangel! 



"Two things fiU me with unutterable 
awe," said the great philosopher Imman- 
uel Kant, "the stars above me and the 
moral law within me." 

Difficulties need not be disastrous; de- 
feats need not be fatal; failures need not 
be final. 

The church should not be made up of 
many people who are better than the rest, 
but of people who want to become better 
than they are. 

Your religion is of no value to you 
unless it makes you worth something to 
someone else. 

Isn't it frightening how soon later 
oomes, after you buy now? 

Earl Wilson 

When you get to heaven you will likely 
see many people there you did not expect 
to see. Many will be surprised to see you 
there, too. 


A lady barged up to the grocer and 
demanded, "Give me a pound of cat food." 

Turning to another customer she said, 
"I hope you don't mind my getting waited 
on ahead of you?" 

"Oh, no," said the other lady, "not if 
you're that hungry." 

"Why is a vegetable garden better than 
a sad book?" "If you have a vegetable 
garden, you can weed it and reap!" 

When a very throaty tenor finished his 
song, there was only a smattering of 
applause, but one man in the audience 
kept repeating to himself, "Extraordinary, 
Wonderful, Unbelievable!" 

"Pardon me, sir," said a puzzled woman 
sitting next to him. "I know a little some- 
tliing about music and take my word for 
it, that fellow can't sing. I don't see how 
you can say his voice was extraordinary 
and wonderful." 

"Not his voice," said the man, "but his 
nerve — his colossal nerve." 

The salesman was taking an evening 
off to seU tickets for a church benefit. At 
one house the prospect said, "I'm sorry I 
have a very important engagement that 
evening so I won't be able to attend. But 
I will be there with you in spirit." 

"That's fine," said the quick-thinking 
salesman. "Would your spirit like to sit 
in the $3 or the $5 section?" 

Employer, interviewing prospective sec- 
retary: How's your spelling? Let me hear 
you spell Mississippi. 

Secretary: The river or the state? 

Six-year-old Johnny awoke about two 
o'clock in the morning. 

Johnny: Mommy, tell me a fairy tale. 

Mother: Hush, darling. Daddy will be 
home soon and teU us both one. 


February 34, 1973 

Page Thirty-one 




|Representing more than 3,600 evangeUoal churches in North America that are committed to God's Word 


j NAE's 31st Annuial Convention wiU be a unique gathering of evangeUoal leaders 

. from across the country. National leaders will address pubUc meetings and work- 

S shops. Commission and affiliate sessions will offer something for everyone. These 

wiU cover Evangelism, Higher Education, Sunday School's, Christian Day Schools, 
Missions, Church Extension, Laymen's Work, Social Concern, Radio and Television, 
Chaplaincy, World Relief, Youth and Stewardship. Eighty-two exhibits of a broad 
spectrum of Christian ministries will also be featured. 



For registration information write: 


Pastor, Bethany Baptist Church 
West Covi'na, California 
President, NAE and Bishop, Free 
Methodist Church, Winona 
Lake, Ind. 
President, Christian Destiny, Inc. 
Wheaton, Illinois 
Pastor, Elmbrook Church 
Brookfield, Wisconsin 
Evangelist, Bob Harrison 
Ministries ; San Francisco, California 
General Director, NAE 
Washington, D.C. 



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How different this little one's life would have been 
if there were no children's hospital at Hoa Khanh, South 
Vietnam! This appealing child is only one of a hundred 
unrpatients (many orphans) oared for each month, 
vvithout charge. Out-patients number about 1,400 per 

Physical problems are compounded by the terrors of 
war. Dr. Robert G. Long, Medical Director, has found 
that stress diseases are common among Vietnamese 

children. He says he has 'done more resuscdtative pro- 
cedures in one month than in two years at a previous 
pediatric hospital. When they are brought in, many 
children are minutes from death because of shock and 
some have bleeding stress ulcers." 

Pastor Phil Lersch and John visited this hospital one 
year ago. See pages 16-23 for more Brethren World 
Relief information. 

Vol. XCY 


March 10. 1973 

No. 6 



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In This Issue: 

4 Poetry Comer 

5 Ronk Memorial Center 
9 Sisterhood 

\Q Missionary News 

]^5 Memorial to Rev. John Wesley Piatt 

Jg World Relief Feature Articles 

24 World Relief Report 

2(5 Board of Christian Education 

28 News From the Brethren 

30 Church News 






The memorial publication of the autobiography of Dr. 
A. T. Ronk by his family in cooperation with the Book 
and Pamphlet Commission and the Brethren PubUshlng 
Company. This wiU be a limited edition, so plan to place 
your orders early. Watch the Brethren Evangelist for 
details and ordering information. 

A Question From The 

Brethren World Relief Committee: 


(1) Because I have been given much, I, too, must giv(' 
Because of Thy great bounty, Lord, Each day I liv 
I shall divide my gifts from Thee 

With every brother that I see 
Who has the need of help from me. 

(2) Because I have been sheltered, fed, ■ 

By Thy good care, I 

I cannot see another's lack And I not share 
My glowing fire, my loaf of bread, 
My roof's safe shelter overhead. 
That he, too, may be comforted. 

(3) Because love has been lavished so Upon me, Li 
A wealth I know that was not meant 

For me to hoard, 
I shall give love to those in need. 
Shall show that love by word and deed, 
Thus shall my thainks be thanks indeed. Amen. 

by Grace Noll CroweU 

Page 340— "The Brethren Hymnal' 

arch 10, 1973 

Page Three 




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NAE's 31st Annual Convention wiU be a unique gathering of evangelical leaders 
from across the country. National leaders will address public meetings and worl;- 
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will cover Evangelism, Higher Education, Sunday School's, Christian Day Schools, 
Missions, Church Extension, Laymen's Worlt, Social Concern, Radio and Television, 
Chaplaincy, World Relief, Youth and Stewardship. Eighty-two exhibits of a broad 
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Pastor, Bethany Baptist Church 

West Covina, California 


President, NAE and Bishop, Free 

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Wheaton, Illinois 


Pastor, Elmbrook Church 

Brookfield, Wisconsin 


Evangelist, Bob Harrison 

Ministries ; San Francisco, California 


General Director, NAE 

Wasiiington, D.C. 


Pa^ Four 

The Brethren Evangelis 


"10 little Christians came to church aH the time; 
One fell out with the preacher, then there were 9. 
9 little Christians stayed up late; 
One overslept on Sunday, then there weire 8. 
8 little Christians on their way to heaven; 
One took the low road and then there were 7. 

7 Uttle Christians, chirping like chicks; 

One didn't Uke the music, and then there were 6. 

6 little Christians seemed very much alive; 

One got travel-itis, and then there were 5. 

5 Uttle Christians pulling for heaven's shore; 

One stopped to rest awhile and then there were 4. 

4 little Christians, each busy as a bee; 

One got his feelings hurt, and then there were 3. 

3 Uttle Christians, couldn't decide what to do; 

One couldn't have his way, and then there were 2. 

2 little Christians — the story almost done; 

For one of them grew weary, and then there was 1. 

1 little Christian can't do much, 'tis tnie; 
But I brought a friend last Sunday, 

and then there were 2. 

2 Uttle Christians, each won one more, 

now don't you see, 
You add them up, 2 plus 2 makes 4. 

4 little Christians worked early and late; 
Each of them brought 1, now there were 8. 

8 Uttle Christians, if they double as before — 
In just seven Sundays, 

we'd have one thousand, twenty-four 
In this little jingle there is a lesson true — 
You belong either to the Building or the Wrecking Crew! 

From Gratis Newsletter 


Deeds done for the love of the doing 

With Jesus, His Son, by your side. 
Not just a prize you are wooing 

And hoping with God to abide. 
Plans made for the welfare of others 

The thing in youir mind uppermost. 
Plans with all men as your brothers 

Remembering never to boast. 
Labors with sacrifice given. 

Done with no thought of rewai'd. 
To make the woi-ld better to Uve in 

Without use of batUe or sword. 
A gift given freely to someone 

With no thought of self involved. 
The love of your Father to be won 

So some day your name will be called. 
Now, these are the things you must do 

To dwell in that heavenly place. 
The first words wiU be, "I love you, 

And all of your sins erased." 

from collection "Thou Art My God" 
by Helen Bamhart copyright 1972 


"This is where we Uve," said she, 

"Where we live and where we die; 

This is where at rest are we. 

While the world goes rushing by; 

This is where in idle hours. 

We meet birds and bees and flowers. 

Here we put the shams aside. 

Here the day begins and ends; 

Here our gifts are all untied; 

Here we entertain our friends; 

Here it is we spend the years, 
Here it is we shed our tears. 

Here is where our joui-neys start; 

Here is where our books are read; 
Here's the haven of the heart; 

Here is where our prayers are said. 
This is home, where all may see 

Just what we have dared to be." 

— anon 

arch 10, 1973 

Page Five 

Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio 





The proposed building will be situated on the campus of Ashland 

Theological Seminary. It would contain the following major areas: 

Brethren Historical Research and Study, 

Biblical Archaeology and Antiquities, 

and a Continuing Education Program for 

Christian Ministry. 


Pag« SU 

The Brethren £vang«l 



Albert T. Ronk, and Elder in the Breth- 
ren Church, was an outstanding and per- 
suasive minister of the Gospel, a capable 
civic leader, and industrialist, and a devoted 
student of Church History. 

As a young man, he served with the 
founders of the Brethren Church, knew and 
worked with Elder H. R. Holsinger, and 
experienced the epic struggles of the Church, 
the College, and the Denominational Boards. 
He was a recipient of an honorary Doctor 
of Divinity degree from Ashland College 

The concluding ministry of his life was 
as Church Archivist and Historian. During 
this time, he wrote "Our Faith," "Our 
Church Guidebook," "History of The Breth- 
ren Church, Its Life, Thought and Mission," 
and "History of Brethren Missionary Move- 

Dr. Ronk served his God, his Church, his 
College and Seminary, and his community 
with distinction. 

George T. Ronk, an Elder of the Brethrt 
Church, served as a successful pastor, oi 
standing evangelist, vigorous leader 
denominational affairs, an outstandii 
trustee of Ashland College for thirty-foi 
years, and a recipient of an honorary Doct 
of Divinity degree from Ashland Colle; 

George T. Ronk was also and industriali.' 
inventor, holder of patents, and Pi-esident 
Barnard and Lees Machinery Compar 
Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was a natui 
engineer with a genius for designii 
machines and equipment. 

While he was a vigilante advocate of t 
historic trusts of the Church, he was al; 
a man of vision for the future. 

[arch 10, 1973 

Page Seven 


Willis E. Ronk, an Elder in the Brethren 
'hurch, served as a beloved teacher, pastor, 
nd outstanding denominational leader. For 
m years, he served as pastor of the Park 
treet Brethren Church and dean of Ashland 
'heological Seminary. In addition to many 
ther successful pastorates, he was recalled 
> serve on the Ashland Theological Sem- 
lary faculty. 

Willis E. Ronk was president of the 
trethren Publishing Company, during which 
ime the present Publication Building was 
onceived and erected. He also served as 
'resident of the Missionary Board of the 
brethren Church and was a member of the 
'entral Coordinating Planning Committee of 
General Conference. 

Dean Ronk, in his life, his work, his 
iterest, were all so intertwined with the 
fe of the Brethren Church, that the two 
re practically synonymous. 

CENTRAL LECTURE ROOM — The Center would 
contain a large lecture room with modem media 
faoiUties. Seminary enrollment has grown from twenty 
to one hundred fifteen students which necessitates 
this facility. 

in cooperation with the Seminary, began the first 
official Brethren Archives, including General and 
District Conference minutes. Church documents, and 
many personal items. The Collection has grown sig- 
nificantly needs a "home" with complete security and 
weather control for proper preservation. 


inary and College have aquii'ed invaluable collections of 
Biblical archaeology and artifacts, including one of the 
best collections of New Testament lamps in the 
country. This collection, now stored in boxes, needs 
to be made available for Biblical teaching and theo- 
logical education, and also needs to be properly dis- 
played for the general benefit of laymen and 

collections and research require a Laboratory research 
room with special working conditions, conrtrolled light 
and humidity, and special tools for this delicate work. 

Center would contain additional classrooms and offices 
for not only historical studies but also theological 

CONTINUING EDUCATION — A social center will be 
provided for the Continuing Educational Program for 
the Christian ministry of the Church. 

Pag« Eight 

The Brethren Evangelisi ■ 


$ 50,000 - Memorial gift 

$ 50,000 - Alumni, Friends, Church and Family 

$100,000 - Foundation Matching Gift 

$200,000 - Total 

George, Willis, and Albert Ronlc were born 
of David and Susan Teller Ronlc of Turlock, 
California. The fannily also included Mary 
Ronk, deceased wife of Mr. Suss Schmiedt, 
Manteca, California. 

Not whof we gain 
but whot we give, 

Meosures the worth 
of the life we live. 

Pag« Nine 

SNOW! SNOW! SNOW! WOW! ! Close your eyes 
ajid picture in your mind a totally white world. White 
trees, wiiite cars, white buildings . . . everything a soft 
and clean whiteness. It's beautiful, isn't it? I love to 
stand at my window and just watch the snow flakes 
fall making big mounds of crispy cold softness. Then 
suddenly, the wind blows and just like magic the mound 
becomes a ripply little drift. I know all these things 
can be explained quite scientifically but I don't care 
if they can be or not. I just see the beauty and grace 
of each object .as it receives it's new coat. Everything 
looks so pure and new. An old car looks like new, 
the hole in the road is filled, and the entire countryside 
is bright and sparkling. 

I guess I can really see the snow applying to my own 
Ufe. It's such a beautiful disguise on the outside. Yet, 
underneath the cold, white surface everything is the 
Irame. A beautiful pure white blanket of snow can cover 
a fUthy mud puddle but each of us knows that sooner 
or later a spot of mud wHl show through. In our lives, 
ijwe can cover our hangups and guilt by putting on the 
jpure white blanket of self -righteousness and it will 
■ cover tor awhile. We can wear a false face and probably 
'(deceive even our best friend. Our clothes can be spotless 
land right in style, our hair clean and make-up perfect 
and we could be considered "in." This isn't really enough 

Jesus Christ came and died on the cross for you and 
me so that we don't have to try to cover our faults and 
guilt with a pure white blanket. He covers them so 
much better than snow can because snow just covers the 
outside and then as soon as it gets warmer it melts 
away again. Christ not only cove.s the outside with 
purity and newness but also He covers the inside. We 
■are clean and new all the way through and it lasts for- 
ever not just temporarily. 

by Sherry Barnhart 

"Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash 
me, and I shall be whiter than snow." (Psalms 51:7 

I praise God lor snow but I praise Him more for the 
never-ending love which falls and covers me inside and 
outside With purity and brightness forever. 

May His love "snow" on you forever. 


GIRLS : All of you who will be freshman at Ashland College in the fall 
of 1973 are elegible for a $150.00 Scholarship given by the National Sister- 
hood Society. The only thing we want you to do is fill out a simple applica- 
tion form which I •wall send to you if you will complete and return this 
small form to me by May 1, 1973. 








Sherry Barnhart, 123 Paula Drive, Germantown, Ohio 45327 

Page Ten 

The Brethren Evang^elia 




As a part of the 50th anniverseiry celebration of Brethren Mission work 
in Nigeria, a delegation of leaders from the Eastern District (Lardin Gabas), Church 
of Christ in the Sudan will be visiting the United States during April, May, and 
June, 1973. In pairs and singly they will be visiting coingregations of the Church of 
the Brethren and of tlie Brethren Church. Later we hope to publish a complete list- 
ing of their itinerary but watch for local publicity of their visit also. 

The four men to visit the United States are: John Guli, Bible translator among 
the Higi (see article elsewhere in this issue); Mamadu Mshelbila, Chairman of the 
Lardin Gabas Church and Principal of Kulp Bible School; Jabani Mambuli, 
Principal of Waka Teachers College; and Nvwa Balami, Bible teacher at Waka 
Secondary School. 

Rev. M. VirgU Ingraham, General Secretary of the Missionary Board, left for 
Nigeria on February 21, 1973 to participate in the special Anniversary Celebration 
there and to visit our missionaries in Nigeria. He will be returning to the United 
States on April 2, 1973. 


The last Pastor's Paragraphs asked for prayer J 
Bradley Moore from the Highland Brethren Chui 
who has been living in Krypton, teaching school, a 
helping Margaret Lowery evenings and week-era 
Bradley had been hospitalized with an apparent he!*, 
attack and the Brethren were asked to remember hi 
and the others at Krypton in Prayer. We are pleased' 
share that we understand he returned to his work 
March 5th after about a week in the hospital. We tha 
God for his healing hand and ask for His contim 
blessing on the workers at Krypton. 

Bradley and Liz Moore, Krypton, Kentucky 

larch 10, 1973 

Page Eleven 


Mrs. K. Nirmala Prasanth is the wife of Rev. 
C. Prasantha Kumar, our Brethren Missionary 
India. She writes about the needs of youth 
round the world as she tells zis of the youth in 
he Brethren Mission in India. 

by Mrs. K. Nirmala Prasanf-h 

It is said "Our youth now love luxury. They have bad 
lanners, oointempt for authority, disrespect for older 
eople. Children nowadays are tyrants. They no longer 
ise when their elders enter the room. They contradict 
leir parents, chatter before company, gobble their food, 
nd tyrannize their teachers." 

This sounds like a very good description of young 
eople today, even though Socrates writes these words 
1 the fifth century before Christ. 

Statistics tell the truth about the teen segment of our 
Dciety today. They are searching desperately for a 
hilosophy of life that will provide them with a 
liallenge. They want something worth living for and 
)mething worth dying for. We know that only in 
esus Christ can a teenager find this way of life. 
The years of the teen are very difficult today. 1 he 
djustment of the physical, mental, social and spiritual 
reas of the teenager must be brought into balance to 
resent a well-rounded, mature, useful life with direc- 
on and purpose. This can be achieved only through 
esus Christ. The Church must provide the program 
lat will achieve this result. Educators state each in- 
ividual has four basic needs: 
The need for belonging. 
The need for affection. 

The need for accomplishment and achievement. 
The need for recognition of accomplishment and 

If these needs are not met, then teenagers wUl be 
'-3t to the church. Therefore it is a necessity of the 
K?al church to give them a place to exercise their 
Dilities and give them deserved recognition. 
The teenager must be challenged to definite respon- 
bilities within the framework of the church. Every 
>enager wants to feel significant. With his immaturity 
id with the mistakes he will make, he still must be 
anted within the framework of the Church. 

If the young people are not interested in church 
anymore, most likely it is because the church is not 
being made interesting to the young people any more. 
What the church does in relation to its youth must be 
dictated directly by what they actually are, not by what 
we wish they were or think they should be. 

The Church has tried to provide the answers to 
youths' many questions, and a faith that can be classi- 
fied as reality. This is extremely helpful and the church 
is to be commended for her faithfulness. Nevertheless, 
there is one avenue that hasn't really been exploited by 
the church — one of great concern to our young people 
today. There is no place in which they can use their 
abilities within the framework of the church. An oppor- 
tunity for service seems to be lacking in the churches. 

The question may be raised "Why do young people 
need to serve?" Once we get our young people serving 
within our church, many of the basic needs of youth 
can be met. Some of these are: Youth need a sense of 
purpose, a sense of participation. Youth need practice, 
they need to produce and above all they need praise. 
Furthermore, many Christian young people welcome 
rather than reject opportunities to serve the Lord in 
tangible ways. 

The Brethren Missions in India is much concerned 
about the youth and their participation in the Church 
activities. They are trying their best to cater to the 
needs of the young people. The youth are encouraged 
to participate in the following activities. 

1. Special music and singing in the worship services. 

2. Participate in the church service by reading the 

Conduct a youth Sunday in the churches once in 
a quarter. 

Special functions like Christmas, Easter, New Years 
day with full youth participation and Christian and 
non-Christian participation. 
Individual distribution of tracts. 

Going in procession in the streets singing and dis- 
tributing tracts. 

Gospel invasion — Going on trips to witness, sing 
and distribute tracts. 

8. Calling youth and encouraging them to bring their 
friends for a cup of tea and sharing testimonies. 
There are rewards in service both to the participating 
individual and to the church. To the young person there 
is the reward of personal satisifaction and the oppor- 
tunity of preparing for service in the future. The en- 
joyment of Christian fellowship, the learning of social 
graces, and the acquiring of leadership experience are 
possible by-products of service activities. While there 
may be some honor or public recognition, the greater 
commendation is our Lord's "Well done, thou good and 
faithful servant" for young people who have performed 
a task to the glory of God. 


-H^gjyg The Brethren Evang:eU^i 


by Alan Kieffaber 

A former Brethren pastor, in Nigeria as a teacher 
and not a conventional missionary, sees things in a 
different fashion. Not objectively perhaps, but differ- 
ently. He gets invited to church meetings since he is 
a reverend-in-residence, and he hears a lot of comments 
from pastors, students, laymen. What does he hear? 

A sharp and surprising impression comes through 
when one sorts out the main distortions of culture 
shock and differences of custom and language. The 
impression is that of a Nigerian church facing the 
same problems as the church in the United States, In 
Nigeria the change may be more sudden and the 
preparation for it less, but when the differences between 
America and Nigeria are put in perspective, the sim- 
ilarity can only be described as shocking. The words 
come back over and over with a dawning sense of 
familiarity: We are not training leaders. Our leadership 
doesn't undei-stand local problems. We've lost our evan- 
gelism. Our stewardship is weak. We have a generation 
gap. All our money goes into maintenance. At the base 
of it all, human frailties play too large a role in the 
Body of Christ. 

When the shock wears off, the effect is heartening. 
I am no longer a missionary, a savior, and enlightener. 
I am a fellow human being in a sister church, our hopes 
and heartaches are the same, and we are brothers. I 
am convinced that this awareness is essential to under- 
standing the Nigerian situation, and our own. 


Midway between the mission stations of Lassa and 
Mbororo, on the main intersection of the gravel high- 
ways, is John Gull's house. Frequent radio messages 
say, "Leave the mail at John Guli's," or, "I'U pick you 

up at John Guli's" indicating the central position John 
occupies in his church and community. 

Since 1970 John Guli has been translating the New 
Testament for the Higi people. But the goal of 
chapter a day" is often upset by other demands on his 
time. Members of the community come to him foi 
advice. As an ordained layman trained at Kulp Bible 
School and the Theological College of Northern Nigeria' 
he performs many ministerial tasks for the dozen con 
gregations within bicycling distemce. He has a wife anc' 
six children. 

Though scarcely 30, John is a formidable force 
radiating and generating optimism and enthusiasn 
wherever he goes. But his optimism does not preclud< 
an acute awareness of the church's problems. John': 
list of concerns does not strike one as being at cdl uniqui 
to Nigeria. 

Problem: evangelism. "How shall they hear withou 
a preacher?" and how shall there be preachers withou 
committed candidates and funds for their training? 

Problem: stewardship. "The workman is worthy o 
his meat" (or at least his guinea corn! ). How can a mai 
serve cheerfully and well without receiving enoug! 
compensation to feed his family? 

Problem: service motive. "Materialism is creepinl 
in," says John GuU, "and it's hard to find men who ar 
free from selfish motives and willing to venture out." 

Problem: unity. "The problem af tribalism" and "th 
need for emphasis on brotherhood" sum up for Joh 
Guli the most serious obstacle facing the church i: 
Nigeria. He is aiware, as are many of his fellow churd 
men, that this hurdle must be overcome before tfc 
other tasks can be seriously approached. For John, eon 
pleting the Higi Bible will be a major step, enabUrt 
nearly one third of the church's members to read tH 
scriptures in their own language. 

The need of the Nigerian church, like the Corinthia 
church before it, is to unite its factions and submerg 
its differences beneath the call of a universal lx>rj 
Beyond that are the tasks of finding capable and con 
mitted leaders, building a stewardship base to train ait 
educate them, and, from there, deepening the discipl' 
ship of the existing church and expanding it "into £_ 
the world" of northeast Nigeria. 

This article is reprinted from the MESSENGER 
for February, 1973 by permission. John Guli W4 
be umovg the four Nigerian leaders to visit tA 
United States this spring (see article imdi 
Anniversary Celebration.) The Brethren Churl 
helped this young Higi pastor with a scholarship 
during his training at the Theological College 
Northern Nigeria and he has been featured 
the i>ast issues of the Brethren Evangelist. 

John Gnli 

larch 10, 1973 

Page Thirteen 


The following letters, translated by Mission- 
ries Ken Solomo?! and Bill Curtis, mere received 
n. response to the radio programs "Platicas 
'ristianas" and "Reflexiones" which are pro- 
uced by the Evangelical Recording Studio 
CAVE A) with which we cooperate in Buenos 
iires, Argentina. Brethren Missionaries Bill 
'urtis, Mark Logayi, and Bill Winter serve with 
his inter-denominational recording studio. 

'o the Director: 

I wish to give you a short testimony of what the 
,ord did in my life. From the age of fifteen on I was 

youth enslaved by many vices. I was a member of a 
izz orchestra and also of a group of Folk music singers. 
tS a result of these relationships I became one of the 
'orse, degenerated individuals that there could possibly 
e. I am married and the father of three children. When 

would return from my public appearances under the 
iifluence of strong drink I treated my children very 
adly and caused them much suffering. Things went 
rom bad to worse in my work and so my family be- 
an to suffer even more for lack of the necessities of 
fe. In conclusion my life became empty and useless 
ince all my efforts to reform and free myself from 
ly bad habits failed. I even took medical treatments, 
'ent to some quacks and made promises to various 
aints, but to no avail. 

However, I now can thank God that I came to know 
[is ways and that my life experienced a radical change 
rith my conversion. My vnie and my children were 
po converted and so now we are happy even though 
re continue to suffer because I lost my job and have 
iOt been able to find a new one. But God, in His great 
perey, never abandons us and every week I am able 
p find sufficient odd jobs that provide us with a sub- 
iistance income. Praise the Lord! 

■■ Now I am dedicating my talents for playing the 
luitar and singing to helping out in various churches, 
!i evangelistic campaigns and open-air meetings, in 
irder to glorify His name. One of my sons also plays 
le guitar and sings in the service of the Lord, and our 
ntire family has the desire to be used of the Lord and 
) remain faithful to Him, since we realize that our 
ilvation and happiness come from Him. 

Salta, Argentina 

Dear Director of Platicas Cristianas: 

I am writing to tell you that I have hstened to the 
program two weeks now. I listen with attention to 
your program of evangelism, counsel, and spiritual 
themes. I am a young boy who ^writes down Bible in- 
formation, texts, etc. as I listen. I cannot as yet ask 
real profound questions about Christianity, but I am 
learning little by little. I wish to know; What is sin? 
Who is the Holy Spirit? Perhaps you can answer this 
for me. 

Also I wish to receive from you the book of 400 pages 
"The Word" which I understand is free. I would like 
to have it as soon as possible. Thank you very much for 
your program. 

Barranquillo, Colombia 


I wish to express to you my congratulations for such 
a wonderful program. In readily it has made a great 
impact on me. Reflexiones is considered one of the best 
programs on our station. I think it is what man needs, 
to find the way to God. I would be intei-ested in receiv- 
ing and reading the book, "The Word" which you offer. 
I am interested in knowing who is the author of such 
radio exposition. 


Coa, Puerto Rico 


Pagre Fourteen 

The Brethren Evangelist 


Vote NO for missions this year. Not give anything'; 
Close up ALL of our mission sitations and brinu 
bacli ALL of our missionaries from the field? 

Vote in favor of calUng home SOME of our missior' 
aries . . . close SOME of our mission stations? Givti 
less than last year? 

3. Give the same as last year. I care about the los 
souls of men . . . but I want to hold the line when 
we are . . . hold what we have ... I will vote th 
SAME as last yeEir. 

for missions, home and foreign; I am for advaiM^ 
... I am for new mission stations and more mi 
sionaries to be sent to the fields which are "whil 
unto harvest!" 

— selected 

1973 WORLD 



larch 10, 1973 

Page Fifteen 



Another choice servant of God has gone to be at home 
nth Him! The Reverend John Wesley Piatt, veteran 
irethren minister, departed this life to be with the 
jord on January 11, 1973 at the age of 81 years. He 
/as preceded in death by his wife of more than sixty 
ears, Mrs. Harriett Mathews Piatt, in 1970. Memorial 
erviees were held in Manteca, California on January 
j5, with Rev. Larry Smithwick and Rev. William H. 
inderson officiating. 

True to his namesake. Brother Piatt, as he was affec- 
ionately called, was a man committed to the Word and 
3 the work of God. His early years at his native Berlin, 
'ennsylvania did much to shape his future life in the 
.linistry. After completion of his training at Ashland 
:'ollege and Seminary, he and his young bride began 
leir ministry in the Brethren Church at Conemaugh, 

Three years later the Platts moved West, where Rev. 
'latt became pastor of the Brethren Church at Lathrop, 
■alifornia. His missionary spirit soon thrust him out 
ito the outlying districts as well, where he conducted 
vangelistic services and Bible studies in school houses, 
3wn halls and homes, with many people coming to 

now Jesus Christ as Savior. 

' There was a considerable number of Christians 

,)cated in the small town of Manteca, holding promise 

of a future church. In time, the Piatt family located 
there and begem the establishment of another Brethren 
church. First meetings were held in their home, then 
in a tOiWn hall, and finally in 1922 the young congrega- 
tion moved into their newly constructed church 

In all. Brother Piatt served for 41 years as pastor 
of the First Brethren Church, Manteca, California. Dur- 
ing this long tenure he was the leader with faith and 
vision who was responsible for gathering together, 
organizing and establishing new Brethren churches in 
nearby Tracy and Stockton. His last pastorate was 
again at Lathrop, where he served for six years before 
ill health and advancing years made necessary his 

In his lifetime he was many things to many people 
— ^postmaster, salesman, builder, bee keeper, etc. — but 
there was never any doubt that he was, more than any- 
thing else, a minister of the Gospel. This was ever the 
all-consuming calling of his life. Always a "tent-maker" 
in the tradition of the Apostle Paul, he moved among 
people as God's man, bearing God's message, and doing 
God's work. 

For many years he served on the national Missionary 
Board of the Brethren Church. He was also a long-time 
member of the Boiard of Trustees of Ashland College. 
He had a keen interest in missions, and especially 
foreign missions, which was a characteristic part of his 
message and ministry. He gave strong leadership in 
the Northern California District of Brethren Churches 
throughout his long pastorate in Manteca, especially in 
home missions, camping and youth work. 

Rev. Piatt's deep, heart-felt concern for people in all 
walks of life and on every age level enabled him to 
reach out in the love of Christ with the message of 
salvation and eternal life with effectiveness. His home- 
church ministry imparted a strong Biblical foundation 
for new Christians and young people growing up in the 
church. He was progressive beyond his times in both 
his pastoral and leadership training methods. His zeal 
for missions resulted in several people giving their 
lives into this service. His love for the ministry is re- 
flected in the "young sons" who Eire currently serving 
in the Gospel ministry. 

Reflecting on the life of this man of God, he was a 
man who held tenaciously to his calling as a Christian 
and minister. He was his own man, willing for the sake 
of his heart-felt convictions to stand alone, if need should 
arise. His life had a profound influence on many young 
Christians, some new in years and others new in the 
faith. His ministry was productive under the Holy 
Spirit's power and leading, resulting in an untold 
number coming to know the Lord personally and 

There are a number of people, this person included, 
who are in the ministry because this man cared enough 
to invest substantial time and energy to prayer, encour- 
agement, teaching and counsel, for the sake of a con- 
tinuation of his stewardship of the Good News. More 
than this, there are numbers presently unknown who 
shall be gathered with all the host of the redeemed 
because of the life and ministry of John Wesley Piatt. 
Praise the Lord for his life-long consecration and 
faithfulness ! 

Virgil Ingraham 
Ashland, Ohio 

Pag« Sixteen 

The Brethren Evang^elist 






"The Communists are coming!" During the last 
decade these fearful words have been heard by Meo 
hills tribespeople in the northern area, forcing them 
to move south, from place to place in Laos. Some units 
have lived in eight different places in the last few years, 
not staying long enough in one spot to harvest their 
crops. This little country is squeezed between com- 
munist and anti-communist nations. 

Thirty-five thousaind lost and bewildered Meo people 
moved last year. Because of the mountainous terrain 
the refugees cannot salvage anything and must stai-t 
over each new place they settle. This is particularly 
hard on the elderly and the very young. 

In response to an urganit plea, WRC cabled $2,000 
for emergency feeding. This aid was processed through 
the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, which has 
been in Laos 44 years. 

Their Field Chairman reported: "We are buying 
canned sardines, canned dried fish, and noodles. These 
articles are healthful and are very light in weight and 

would be easy to carry if the people have to leave in e\ 
hurry. We are thankful for the help the U.S. Govern ( 
ment gives in transporting these foods by plane, helii 
copter, and any other means they can. \ 

"In giving relief, we do not discriminate as to whethai 
they are Christians or not — anybody within reach WC; 
do try to take care of those of the household of faitl 
as much as possible." (These national Christians helj 
with the local distribution of supplies.) 


The Meo tribes people recognize that "Man need 
meaning as well as meat" (David Augsburger). The^ 
asked Christian and Missionary Alliance missionsir 
Rev. Charles E. Gustafson, who is WRC's represenv 
ative, if he would help them build a church. WRC gav 
him funds for building materials and furnishings an 
for clothing for the pastor. The building will be use 
for a school during the week. 

Home (uvay from home! These resourceful 

women and children from the Meo tribe survey 

their latest homes made by draping any kind 

of materials they can find over a bamboo frame. 

Pastor Yang Yon nith some of his 

refugee parishioners. 

New Christian church built by refugees 

with aid of WRC funds. 


larch 10, 1973 

Page Seventeen 




Parts of Chile are still reeling from double disaster 
n past months. A crippling snowslorm was followed 
ly a 7.2 major earthquake one month later. It was the 
/inter season in Chile and they suffered an especially 
evere winter. 

Heavy snow damaged more than 60,000 houses leaving 
liousands without shelter. Then a one-minute earth- 
uake destroyed 13,000 other dwellings. 

An estimated 30 percent of the truck farm crops in 
hree affected provinces were damaged by imusucil 
reezing temperatures, cutting the food supply. 

WRC distributed tons of food to victims of both the 
nowstorm and earthquake. 

Funds were sent to purchase 25 stoves for clinics and 
ther buUdings serving the people. Blankets, clothing, 
nd roofing materials were made available. 
I Relief supplies are distributed through WRC's 
bunterpart agency, Junta de Accion Evangehca 
faeional. Churches in this council, not in the disaster 
one, collected about $1,500 to help those in need, re- 
ardless of their religious creed. 

James Linhart, WRC coordinator for Chile, assisted 
1 distribution of 23 bales of clothing to 1500 patients 
t Hospital El Peral, a psychiatric facility in Santiago, 
efore the distribution a hospital chaplain brought a 

ospel message. Assistance to children and adults in 
istitutions is one segment of WRC's service. 

'Food-for. work" ivomen help sack and distribute 

USAID Foods-for-Peace to victims of the 

svoivstorm. Commodities include vegetable 

oil. wheat, flour, milk, cereals. 


DR. PAUL P. FRYHLING, Vice President of the 
Executive Board of the World Relief Commission, died 
on February 3rd, following a heart attack one week 
before. He served as a WRC official for many years. 

Dr. Fryhling was especially interested in the children 
at WRC's Hoa Khainh Cliildren's Hospital in Vietnam. 
In his memory, a Paul P. Fryhling Memorial Fund has 
been established at the Hospital. 

At the time of his death and for twelve years 
prior, he was Pastor of the First Covenant Church, 

Brethren may remember when Dr. Fryhling visited 
General Conference in 1971 and was one of the speakers 
on World Relief Night. He also traveled on the same 
tour of Southeast Asia with Phil and John Lersch in 

Pag« Eighteen 

The Brethren Evang:elistl 


How Your World Relief Dollars Minister in NICARAGUA 

December 25, 1972 

December 25, 1972 


Responding immediately to the news of the devasta- 
ting earthquake which rocked Managua, Nicaragua, on 
December 23, the World Relief Commission dispatched 
funds to its in-country counterpart agency representa- 
tives to aid the victims. 

WRC is also providing assistance for a mass distri- 
bution of Spanish Bibles, New Testaments and selected 
scripture po.-tions. The scriptures are provided through 
funds secured by WRC and with the help of the 
American Bible Society. Under the direction of Rev. 
Ward Johnson, Central American Mission has planned 
to use youth teams from their churches in a program 
of evangelism and scripture distribution. This is in 
keeping with the World Relief Commission program 
of providing Physical and Spiritual assistance. 

The U.S. State Department has suggested the quick- 
est way to help the Nicaraguans is to make monetary 
contributions to voluntary relief agencies. It has been 
the disaster ^relief policy of the Commission to forward 
funds to evangelicals in the area, so that needed supplies 
of food, blankets and medicine could be purchased 
locally, avoiding political complications and shipping 

December 26, 1973 


An international relief organization based in Valley 
Forge is one of several volunteer services directing 
relief efforts in the earthquake-ravaged city of 
Managua, Nicaragua. 

"We've already sent $7,000 in borrcuwed money so 
people can get some of the things they need immedi- 
ately," said Dr. Everett Graffam, Executive Vice 
President of the World Relief Commission. 

"But we srtill need much more, both for emergency 
needs and later, reconstruction of the city." he said. 
"We're aiming for about $50,000." 

The massive earthquake early Saturday destroyed 
about 750r of the buildings in Managua, a city of 

300,000. Thousands of residents were kiUed and hun, 
dreds of others are still missing. 

Graffam urged area residents to contribute funds tc' 
the relief efforts rather than food, clothing or medicine' 
"There is just no way of shipping the stuff in," ht 
explained. "The government won't transport clO'thinf 
or food unless there is extra space available. . 
Graffam said missionary groups will buy needed good; 
from near-by cities and distribute them to the ea.rth 
quake victims. 

The World Relief Commission executive urged ares 
residents to be as generous and prompt as possible ii 
their contributions to the relief effort. "If people don'i 
help through volunteer agencies, many of the victiin. 
simply won't get the care they need," he siaid. "Nicara' 
gua is a small country, and it doesn't have many vol' 
unteer services of its own." 

"This is a critical situation — 300,000 persons hav^ 
nothing. There is no water, no sewage facilities, hardly 
any food. We've got to do something now." 

January 18, 1973 

Disaster, tragedy, and need recognize no Holidaye 

We have learned this through years of experience as 
channel of Christian help and hope for millions of peopi 
in many countries. 

Early December 23, by telephone and ham radio, thi 
calls for help from earthquake-ravaged Managua cairt 
to us. We spent the next several days making arrange 
ments through mission leaders and their recognize!, 
national church leaders in the country to join WRC a' 
part of an emergency relief committee in the stricket 

To get around political problems and shipping delayi 
we borrowed funds and sent them at once into Vt 
country where sorely needed emergency food, medidn 
etc., could be purchased in unaffected areas and di 
tributed quickly to the needy victims in the name ♦ 
Christ. With the help of the American Bible Societj 
thousands of Spanish Bibles, Testaments, and Scriptui 
portions have been available to mission and nationi 

ilarch 10, 1973 

Page Nineteen 

saders for their planned program of evangelism and 
cripture distribution. 

We also got word to our friends and again offered 
\em the opportunity of caring enough to share in our 
rogram of physical and spiritual help for people in 
istress. You (and the Brethren) are one of those most 
ppreciated team members. We are grateful for your 
elp more than words can say. 

We continue to serve in many areas of Vietnam in- 
uding the Children's HospitaJ, and thix)ughout Bang- 
,idesh including a new venture of setting up "Under- 
jive" baby clinics to care for nutritional deficiencies. 
ifouse building, agricultural aid, literacy programs, and 
'ther wide-ranging ways of service are continued in 
hile, India, and Zaire helping refugees from Burundi. 
/e continue to assist in Laos, Cambodia, Peru, and 

We are thankful to you and the members of your 
rethren churches for their gracious gifts which has 
lade it possible for us to respond in so many different, 
ractical ways. In all areas the "Food for the Body and 
ood for the Soul" policy assures the needy will re- 
sive some kind of spiritual witness, either in Scrip- 
ire portions, Bible classes, or person-to-person 

Yours in the JOY of His service, 
Signed: Everett S. Graffam 

expressed a desire for a systematic, intensive program 
of evangelism, which would take advantage of this 
awakening. The young people of the Central American 
Churches are without work — many without immediate 
possibilities of continued education. They are seeking 
some way to serve their country and churchy yet with- 
out being burdens to their families. 

A plan has been formulated to hold ten consecutive 
six-day camps near Managua, beginning the first week 
of February. Groups of thirty young people of high 
school and college age will be fed, instructed and 
mobilized during each camp. The first two days of 
activities consist of basic spiritual training. The remain- 
ing four days will be given to literature distribution 
during the days and evangelistic crusades each evening. 
The group will be divided into three teams of ten with 
their respective instructors and captains. The teams 
will work in separate areas each week with programs 
of distribution and evangelism. 

Evangelistic film ministry will be an essential, inval- 
uable part of this effort. The attraction of Gospel films 
will be greatly increased because most recreational and 
entertainment centers have been destroyed. Each team 
needs a projector and four films. . . . 

The Nicaraguan now has time to read. He is interested 
in reading things concerning God, the future, and the 
present problem that he faces. We believe that it is a 
must to reach these people with Bibles, New Testaments, 
tracts and evangelistic books. 

January 25, 1973 



World Relief Commission, overseas relief arm of 
ational Association of Evangelicals, continues to send 
mds to aid victims of the December 23 earthquake in 
[anagua. Within hours of the first report WRC sent 
^OOO by plane with a Baptist International Mission 
..'presentative. To date $32,000 lias been forwarded, 
WRC's counterpart agency in Nicaragua during this 
Tiergency is composed of missionaries of Assemblies 
' God, Baptist International Mission, Central American 
[ission. Rev. Ward Johnson, Field Director for CAM, 


In keeping with the Commission's policy of providing 
>th physical and spiritucd assistance, WRC has se- 
jred special funds for 25,000 Spanish Bibles, New 
estaments and selected Scripture portions, using 
,merican Bible Society materials. These will be present- 

1 along with physical aid as well as at evening evan- 
slistic services. 

A coupon for a follow-up correspondence cou.rse will 
3 offered with the Scripture distribution. 

February, 1973 




The tragedy of the Nicaraguan earthquake presents 

■ ■ a unique opportunity for evangelism. It has pro- 

aced a definite, deep interest in the things of God in 

le heart of the Nicaraguan people. The church has 

[These are the Bibles, Testaments etc. provided by 
the World Relief Coniniission along with funds for the 
food distributions being made througlMmt Managua. 
The Brethren Church, through WBC, is a part of this 
whole story.] 


Dear Brother Graffam: 

I started out on May 4th, 1972, with the $2,000 you 
sent in the bank account in Bangkok. From this amount 
I have bought a Buffalo to help tribes i>eaple who moved 
from the mountains to the valley and had to make a 
rice field that needed plowing, but had no means to 
do it. So the Buffalo. 

Then I bought blood for refugees who needed it in 
the hospital up country. I bought materials for hous- 
ings and roofing for Meo tribes refugees along with 
helping to build a Church in the same area. 

I bought fifteen sewing machines and helped start 
two sewing schools for the widows of Meo and Khamou 
tribes men who had been killed in the war. These schools 
are still going on. I also sent relief to the people of 
Keng Kok where the two Missionaries were killed in 
November. The village was about three quarters 
burned up. I also helped in a few small miscellaneous 
thilngs when people had need. 

Charles E. Gustafson, pastor 
International Protestant Church 
Vienitiane, Laos 

Pag:e Twenty 

The Brethren Evang«Iis 


Bretlvren guve more money to World Relief in 1972 
tlian any year to date. In fact, $1,700 more than in 1971 
— the previous high. 

This kind of growing interest and concern are not 
only good for the spirit of our church; it also means 
that additional hundreds of people in great need will 
receive some relief from their oppression. 

Here's a good lool< at the yearly growth since World 
Relief became a denominational program in 1966. 






























61,2 Years' 






The Bangladesh disaster hit during 1972 and Brethren 
responded with additional giving. Of the $9,499 received, 
$730.00 was designated for the Bangladesh emergency. 

FOUR CHURCHES began giving to World Relief 
for the first time in 1972. The World Relief Committee 
wants to recognize this step of involvement and say 
"Welcome" to 

Highland (Pennsylvania) 

Cerro Gordo (Illinois) 

Brighton (Indiana) 

North Liberty (Indiana) 
SPECIAL RECOGNITION also goes to these fou 
churches for their sizeable gifts during 1972: 

Johnstown III (Pennsylvania) $510.00 

West Alexandria (Ohio) $500.00 

Ashland, Park Street (Ohio) $403.39 

Smithville (Ohio) $349.76 

THE FOLLOWING CHURCHES are mentioned her 
because the gifts af each totaled $200 or more durin 
1972. May their number increaise in 1973. 

Dayton (Ohio) 

Gretna (Ohio) 

Louisville (Ohio) 

Pleasant HUl (Ohio) 

Masontown (Pennsylvania) 

Nappanee (Indiana) 

North Liberty (Indiana) 

Roann (Indiana) 

Sarasota (Florida) 
As a denomination, we stiU face the fact that one-thir 
of our churches (39) did not contribute to World Relit 
at all through the World Relief Committee in 1972. Ar 
16 of tliose churches liave never given to World Relie 
These are causes for concern, both for the churchi 
and the needy people that could be helped. Fortunate' 
these numbers of churches are reducing every year. 

of 82 churclies last year, as the following tally indicate 

Southeast District 





Johnstown II 




Johnstown III 







New Lebcinon 





North Georgetown 



Mt. Olivet 


Pleasant HiU 



Mt. Pleasant 







West Alexandria 


Kimsey Run 

Quiet Dell 








Indiana District 



Valley (Jones MiUs) 



$ 51. 

Lost Creek 


















White Dale 

Center Chapel 

Mt. Olive 


College Corner 

Oak Hill 


Ohio District 





$ 20.00 

County Line 


St. James 


Ashland (Park Street) 




St. Luke 
















Pennsylvania District 



Fort Wayne 



Garber (Ashland) 




Brush Valley 















Fairless Hills-Levittown 







arch 10, 1973 

Page Twenty-one 




FaUs City 





Fort Scott 









Winding Waters 





Central District 

California District 



Cedar Falls 

3 18.70 


New Paris 


Cerro Gordo 




North Liberty 





Nortli Manciiester 






Soutliwest District 




Papago Park 







Midwest District 



Florida Cliurclies 

South Bend 










St. Petersburg 


Most Brethren churches realize how necessary their 
support is to the survival of people aided by the World 
Relief Commission. Their dedicated giving will con- 
tinue year alter year. 

They sense how $1.00, or $100.00, or $500.00 are multi- 
plied when surplus goods are purchased and shipped 
at government expenre. And they are assured again 
that 92^ out of every dollar given to tlie World Relief 
Commission goes overseas in goods or services rendered. 

What is a reasonable goal for 1973? $2,001 more than 
last year, when we increased $1,700? A $2,001 increase 
would bring the 1973 total to an even $11,500. Let's 
give it a try ... do without some things . . . allow 
your heart to ache a little . . . we'll make it!!! 

Brethren World Relief Committee 
Pastor Phil Lersch, Chairman 
Mr. George Kerlin, Treasurer 



(1) MONDAY NIGHT. A World Relief Film for those who arrive 
early and are not involved in Board or Committee meetings. Time and 
place to be annoiniced. Watch for something different! 

(2) FRIDAY NOON. Eighth Annual Supper For World Relief in 
Ashland College Cafeteria. We can gain another $200 for hungry and 
chilly and homeless people. 

Page Twenty-two The Brethren EvangeU 

World Relief VISUAL AIDS Available . . . 

For Use Throughout The Year 

From Pasfor Phil Lersch — 

6301 56th Avenue, North 

St. Petersburg, Florida 33709 

"SUDE PICTURES OF SOUTHEAST ASIA"— This set of 82 color-sUdes, with 
a 30 minute cassette tape-recorded narration, depicts what Phil and John Lersch 
experienced last year on their World Relief Tour of six SE. Asian countries — Japan, 
Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Thailand. The two sets available wUl be 
scheduled according to the first requests received. Please give alternate dates. No 
charge, except return postage. 

From World Relief Commission 

P.O. Box 44 

Valley Forge, Pennsylvania 19481 

"BANGLADESH"— 16mm sound, full color, 22 minutes. This film is a pictorial 
reflection of some of the events and tragedies that accompanied the Pakistani-India 
War. It also reflects the personal triumphs that are being accomplished daily 
through the help of concerned Evangelicals. 

"A CHANCE TO LIVE"— 16mm sound, full color, 21 minutes. About life at 
Hoa Khanh Children's Hospital in Vietnam. Also shown are other activities of the 
World Relief Commission in this war-torn land. This is "must" viewing for every- 
one interested in the physical and spiritual welfare of our children overseas. 

"THE MANY FACES OF VIETNAM"— 16mm sound, fuU color, 25 minutes. 
Dealing with both the cultural and personal aspects of the Vietnamese people, this 
film reflects an insight on the Vietnamese people rarely seen or understood through 
television and print. SkUlful blending of film from the U.S. Marine Corps Euid WRC 
staff makes this one of the most informative films on exactly how the Vietnamese 
people once lived and how they live today. 

"THIS IS HOW IT IS!"— 35mm film strip, full color, 30 minutes. The story of 
the activities of the World ReUef Commission in all parts of the world. Filmstrip 
is available with a cassette tape recording or a printed transcript for individual 
speaker presentation about WRC activities. 

(Note: Although the WRC literature mentions 
the need for a "free will offering" for the use of 
these films, Brethren Churches are asked to send 
their offerings or budgeted contribution to Mr. 
George Kerlin, Treasurer, World Relief Com- 
mittee, Rt. 4, Box 258, Goshen. Indiana U526.) 



larch 10, 1973 Page Twenty-three 

&PRIL: A Month To Express 


Dear Conoemed Brethren: 

APRIL brings us another anniversary of Christ's Crucifixion and Besurrection. 

A time to rejoice! and celebrate! 

APRIL is also World Kelief Month in the Brethren ChurcJi 
— a time for sharing reports of world-wide achievements^ 
— a time for calling forth faithful giving in the future. 
Knowing of your growing desire to include World Relief giving in your Christian 
Stewardsihip makes these tasks easier. 

1972 was a very good year for World Relief; 1973 can be even better. 

As the financial report indicates, $9,499 was given by Brethren in 1972. That's 
$1,700 more than in any preceding year. 

Brethren World Relief giving is channeled through the World Relief 
Commission of the National Association of EvEingeUcals. Under this arrangement 
we are joining with 38,000 other local evangelical churches to help thousands of 
needy people in many countries — something we couldn't do by ourselves. 

With the assistance of WRC, we provide the following literature to explain 
both the great good accomplished with your gifts, and the tremendous needs that 
are yet unfilled: 
MAILED TO EACH CHURCH— (in quantity) 

(1) "Thank You" — ^a bulletin insert outlining the work of WRC and ex- 
pressing "thanks" in several languages. 

(2) "World ReUef REPORTER"— a WRC brochure describing in more 
detail the extensive ministry we are a part of. 

(3) Offering Envelopes — for thoise churches with a standing order. 

(1) March 10th — This issue which you hold includes "The Managua Story," 
"World Relief Report," a lisiting of Visual Aids, the financial repoirt, 
special stories about "Laos" and "Chile," and other shorter items. 

(2) March 24th — The next issue brings you Manteca's 3rd Annual World 
Relief Supper, "World Relief Report," sewing news, and reports from 
Bangladesh, Vietnam and Korea. 

PLEASE TAKE A CLOSE LOOK at all this Uterature. SUGGEST that a World 
Relief film be shown in your cliurch in the near future. 

You CAN help. Give through your church or, if you are a non-resident member, 
send a contribution directly to our com.mittee treasurer, Mr. George Kerlin. 

Thanks for your help and emphasis and prayers. 
Signed: Pastor Phil Lersoh, for the Brethren 
World Relief Committee 

(Mrs.) Joan Bowers 
(Mrs.) Aida May Munson 
(Mrs.) Helen Dickson 
Mr. George Kerlin, treas. 

Special Notice to: 



Please send all contributions for World Relief to: 
Mr. George Kerlin, Treasurer 
Rt. 4, Box 258 
Goshen, Indiana 46526 

Page Twenty-four 

The Brethren Evang«lb 


by Phil Lersch, Chairman 
Brethren World Relief Committee 

In April 1972, Pastor Lersch and John, his son, represented the Breth- 
ren Church on a three-week tour of six countries in Southeast Asia — spon- 
sored by the World Relief Commission of the National Association of 
Evangelicals. This is the NINTH in a series of reports to the denomina- 
tion about the tnp. W.R.C. is the evangelical relief agency through which 
Brethren Wo7-ld Relief monies are channeled. 

Visiting ivith our Korean Orphan. 

(I. to r.) Phil, John, Nam Sung Keun, Mr. Pak 

(superintendent) , and lady interpreter. Picture 

taken by John, with delayed snap. 


Ride the bus two hours in a downpour. Cross Freedom 
Bridge. Wind along narrow roads in the 4-mile-wide 
DMZ. No pictures allowed— NO PICTURES! Eat lunch 
in the U.S. military canteen at the Advanced Camp. 
Hear the artillerj' shells explode in the distance — target 
practice? View a slide-presentation-review of the history 
of Panmunjom. Travel to Panmunjom itself. Under the 
protective eye of American M.P.'s, enter the barracks 
where the cease-fire truce was actually signed. Outside, 
observe the North Korean (Communist) guards watch 
the group's movements through high-powered binoculars 
beside mounted machine guns. Pictures allowetl here. 
Ride to another vantage point to see the Bridge of No 
Return, which separates North and South Korea yet 
today. Pass by North Korean guard houses on the waj- 
back to camp. Leave the M.P.'s, secure clearance to 
cross back over Freedom Bridge, and head southward 


The "frosting on the cake" for John and me on thi 
trip was meeting Nam Sung Keun, the 12-yeair-ol 
Korean orphan boy whom we have sponsored throug 
Compassion, Inc. for many yesirs. 

Through previous arrangement with Compassion 
office in Seoul, Sung Keun was brought to our hoti 
by his orphanage superintendent, Mr. Pak, and an intei 
preter. It was our privilege to have these special friend 
as our guests in the hotel dining room one evening. 

Although communication was not at its best with ou 
shy "adopted soin," we tr-easure highly the red-laquc 
candy diah, inlaid with mother-of-pearl, in our livin 
room which he brought us. And his letters and picture 
will have much more meaning in the future — especial! 
the hand-drawn Christmas card recently received. 

Friendships are enriched when there is opportuinit' 
to smile at each other, to eat together, to pray togethe:^ 
to exchange gifts, and to touch. We thanked God fci 
bringing us together. 

That night was Sung Keun's first time to ride on a! 
escalator and in an elevator. What gives you a thrill? i 


Yes, that's correct. We attended a prayer meeting q 
4:30 a.m. Not a special prayer meeting. Just an ordinal 
prayer meeting, for the Korean Christian churches hav 
such gatherings every morning — just as soon as the 
can get to the church after the 4:00 a.m. curfew is lifta 

There v/ere about 50 people present at the church \\ 
attended. The service included individual prayer, sint, 
ing, brief comments, and simultaneous prayer. 


On the way back to the hotel, following the earl 
morning prayer service, we sitopped to visit the large; 
Presbyterian church in the world. With 14,000 member 
they have three services each Sunday morning wit 
2,500 attending each. The worst traffic jam in Seoul, w 
were told. 

The congregation includes many who have con 
south from their former homes in North Korea. 

(Next — Leper Colony and Children's Orphanage) 
St. Petersburg, Florida 

larch 10, 1973 

Page Twenty-five 


New York (EP) — A February 1 picketing of the 
\merican Board of Missions to thie Jews and the broken 
ose of a Hebrew Christian who witnessed to the 
icketers signals a new attack by Jews on evangelical 
Christians, according to Moishe Rosen, head of Jews 
yr Jesus in Madera, Cahf. 

, Some 12 picketing members of the Jewish Defense 
.«ague gathered outside the mission headquarters on 
2nd Street and were met by several mission workers 
nth tracts and a gospel witness. The mission per- 
'Dnnel had to call police when the demonstrators went 
iside the headquarters. They took a painting of an 
Iderly Jewish man blowing the shofar and were out- 
de again when the police arrived. Mogens Mogensen, 

worker at the mission who had painted the picture, 

ent outside to continue witnessing to the demon- 

"If you're such a good Christian," one of the JDL 
^monstrators challenged him, "why don't you give 

e your coat? That's what Christ said to do!" 

The Rev. Mr. Mogensen immediately took off his coat 
hd handed it to the man. Another picketer became 
\ enraged by the act that he iiit Mogensen with his 
5t, knocking him to the street and breaking his nose. 
.A telephoned bomb threat at 5:22 p.m. cleared the 
Wlding and the loud voices of the young men and 
pmen dissenting against the meshumid ("traitors") 
pre still by sundown. They left with Mogensen's paint- 
jg and coat. 
r'Hebrew Christians can expect more of tliis sort of 

ing," Rosen told EP News Service, "because there is 
.owing reaction in Jewish circles against evangelistic 
iforts by Christians toward the Jews." He said he has 
•lleoted 45 different articles against Key 73 and has 

ceived repeated threats warning him not to speak. 

"The League claims to be non-violent," Rosen said, 

ut applications for membersiiip offer marksmanship 
laining if desired." 

He warned that Jews will continue to react against 
<iangelistic outreach on four levels: 

1. Through Jewish organizations which are well 
inded and staffed. They plant stories in periodicals in 

favor of their viewpoint and also publish material 
such as the Glockenstadt Report which "proves" that 
if a person is a pietistic Christian (that is, one believing 
that Jesus is the only way to salvation), then they are 

2. Through rabbinical councils located in all large 
cities. These councils are pressing for education of 
young Jews and are militantly against caimpus Christian 

3. Through the activities of Jewish youth organiza- 
tions such as the Jewish Defense League. 

4. Through violence of inflamed Jewish militants 
who are looking for confrontations and may act rashly 
and unpredictably. 

Rosen said Christians wUl be forced to rethink their 
own Christianity. "We've gone overseas to export all 
forms of civilization and can point to great progress 
in underdeveloped countries," he said. "But how will 
we approach a Jewish neighbor who is highly sophisti- 
cated? We simply cannot talk down to that person but 
wUl have to face the issue squarely: All we have to give 
is Christ. That's the only way a sophisticated Christian 
can approach an even more soiphistioated Jewish 

Rosen charged that the insinuations of popular Rabbi 
Marc Tannenbaum, director of interreligious affairs for 
the American Jewish Committee, that Rosen is not 
quite a Jew and not quite a Christian, threatens to cut 
off support for his work. "The rabbi is in error," Rosen 
said. "There is nothing to substantiate liis charges. I 
have tried repeatedly to see him, but he will not allow 
it. I have stated often that Jesus is very (2od of very 
God, and very man of very man." 

He said Jews generate a lot of sponsor pressure when- 
ever Jews for Jesus groups appears in the media, ad- 
versely effecting the Christian agency. He said there 
are thousands of new Jewish converts to Jesus who 
have been alienated from their establishment and are 
ripe for conversion. 

Charles Eisenberg, a resident minister at the New 
York headquarters of the American Board of Missions 
to the Jews, graciously acknowledged the right of dis- 
senters to make their point. "I just wish they would 
listen to us also," he said, convinced that a study of the 
Bible leads a searching Jew to Jesus Christ. 






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National BYC Financial Budget 

National BCE Admin. Expenses $3,000.00 

National BYC Projects 4,000.00 

For a Worship Center at 
Brethren Care, Inc., the new 
Brethren Home located in 

Ashland $1,400.00 

For travel assistance for delegates 
to 1974 Nat. BYC Convention 
from 6 western churches 
(Lathrop, Manteca, & Stockton, 
CA; Papago Park and Tucson, 

AZ; and Cheyenne, WY) 600.00 

For 1974 Summer Crusader 

Program 2,000.00 

National BYC Council Travel 

Expenses (73-74) 700.00 

Special Programs 200.00 

Project Promotion 50.00 

TOTAL $7,950.00 


Have you been wanting to break into multi-media? 
Now is your chance. In addition to the one-screen, 36- 
slide presentation of the project/budget which was 
offered earlier, we have produced a two-screen program. 
Both shows use the same narration and some of the 
same slides. However, the two-screen presentation gives 
the added dimension of double emphasis_ All you need 
to show the two screen program is two slide projectors, 
two screens, and a tape recorder. 

Reserve either the one-screen or two-screen program 
today! And remember, both programs are free. 

Project — Worship Center For 
Brethren Care 


Brethren Care, the new retirement-nursing can 
facility in Ashland, sponsored by the Benevolent Boardl 
opened its doors during the summer of 1972. Many o 
you had an opportunity to tour this facility during thi! 
BYC Convention in August. 

Many activities are planned for and by the 40 peopl 
who now make Brethren Care their home. Amon; 
these are a Wednesday evening prayer service and dis' 
cussion time and a Sunday morning worship service 
These activities are conducted in the cafeteria-receivin. 
lounge area at present, since Brethren Care has n 
chapel. To enhance a worshipful atmosphere^ plan! 
call for the purchase oif a portable worship center. Th' 
center would consist of a basic altar unit with sue' 
elements as a cross, Bible, etc. Storage space would b 
available in the unit for these elements. Thus whe 
worship activities are not taking place, the unit woul 
fold into an attractive piece of furniture for the loung 

For more information on Brethren Care, see th 
January 13, 1973, issue of the Evangelist, page 14. Art 
continue to work toward your goal for the AugU! 


At a recent Miami Vailey (Ohio) District BYC RaU; 
each of the six churches represented was asked he 
much they were planning to raise toward the Augu; 
Ingathering for the 1972-73 National BYC Financi. 
Budget. When the figures were tallied, it was discovert 
that as a district they had set $1750.00 as then- go; 
toward the $7950.00 budget. After consiiltation with tl 
church that was absent from that rally. District Pre;, 
dent Jeff Denius of New Lebanon offered $2000.00 as 
challenge to other districts. 

If Miami Valley does raise $2000.00, they will co 
tribute 25% of the national goal. This would be r 
markable since they have only seven churches actii 
in BYC! 

Has your district poUed its constituency and set 
goal for the Ingathering? Would you also like to issi 
a challenge? If so, write the BCE office, and mal^ 
your challenge known to other districts. 

Please reserve OUTREACH '73, the 
National BYC Financial Budget, for us on 

First Choice 

promotional slide set for the 1972-73 
one of the fellowing dates: 

Second Choice 

We would like the (check one) 

with the taped narration on (check one) 


Third Choice 

„two-screen program 
5-inch reel-to-reel. 


Church or Disitrlot 

[arch 10, 1973 

Page Twenty-seven 

What's It Like To Spend Three Hours 
In A Fall-Out Shelter? 

Ask any of the 34 Youth who were shut up in 4x8 

oms, which were sealed off from outside light and 

immun/ication. This was just one of the many Simu- 

tion Games which helped Youth experience unusual 

periences which they normally do not experience. 

On Friday evening, January 26, the Youth from Wind- 

g Waters, Jefferson and First Bretiiren Churches in 

^lihart met at Camp Shipshewana to begin an unfor- 

■>ttable weekend experience. The retreat was a first 

its kind for the Brethren Churches involving Simu- 

jtion Gaming. Most of our Youth are of the Middle 

iass Structure of American Society. But during the 

btreat, they faced situations of Lower Class Americans. 

JTo begin with, on Friday evening, each one of us was 

,ced in a Ghetto environment. We were no longer 

rselves — ^we became real-life people who must fight 

d claw to maJ^e a living. Some of us were middle- 

ed women, separated from our husbands, mothers of 

1| children, with an 8th grade education. Others were 

ung boys with nothing to do but get into trouble. We 

perienced how it was easier to live on welfare than 

i spend our time in work or school. And it was even 

t our advantage. We made more on welfare than if 

" had worked. It was hard to get jobs, easy to go to 

jJ. Some of our reactions: "I felt defeated." — "No 

I'itter what I did, I couldn't get ahead." — I felt 


Saturday brought more realistic living situations. 
\; had to give up our belongings with no promise of 
I'um, in order to play "Credit and Debt." We were 
i'ced to borrow from a "Loan-Shark" or pawn our 
tjongings to an unfair "Pawnbroker." We continued to 
i' deeper and deeper in debt with no hope of even 
fjaking even. 

IDthers played the roles of Policemen, Storekeepers, 
I^achers, Welfare Workers and Under-priviledged 
.^lerican Citizens who were just trying to seek out an 

Then came RALPH. Eight people sealed in a 
rim for 3 hours because of a complete annihila- 
tji of the world. The rooms were simulated as 
£S-out shelters. There was food, water and a re- 
cder which kept them in touch with a computer 
nned Ralph. The people in the fall-out shelters 

by Rev. Fred Finks 

were all that remained of the human race. It was up 
to them to construct a new society. You wouldn't have 
believed some of the results. At one point, the life- 
support system began failing. Each group was to send 
one person out, in order to keep the others alive. One 
group began deciding who it was that must meet his 
death in the outside "Radiation." "He must be a Chris- 
tian, so we know he will go to Heaven." Then, there 
developed in that room the sharing of the Gospel — one 
boy received Christ as a result of that and some other 
experiences. In another group, they refused to send 
anyone out. They had decided their new society would 
be based on love for one another. They reasoned "If 
we send someone out, we are already destroying what 
we want to accomplish." They decided to die together. 
I tell you, it was unbelievable! 

Saturday evening brought rap sessions where each 
shared his faith. 

Sunday drew us even closer together through the 
participation of the Bread and Cup, identifying our- 
selves with Christ and offering one another a piece of 

How did it end? We hope it didn't. We hope it was 
only a beginning. We formed a football huddle, called 
our signals: "Thank You God" — "Jesiis is here" — 
"Thank You for each otlier." And then, in utter joy, 
we shouted our game plan: "Give me a J — Give me an 
E — Give me an S — Give me a U — Give me an S — What 
have you got" — "JESUS!" And we liad! 

We credit the success to Rev. Jim Geaslen, who was 
our retreat leader and organizer of the Simulation 
Games. We enjoyed so much Jim's willingness to come. 
If your Youth are in a slump — maybe he can force 
you to look within. Did you ever have to go to the 
bottom before you could reach the top? Contact Jim at 
84 Samaritan Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 44805. 


With Easter just six weeks away, now is the time to order audio-visual aids 
to supplement your work. Consult the "SEASONAL: Easter" section of the AUDIO- 
VISUAL GUIDE for a listing of all items related to Easter themes. 

It is important that SEASONAL items be ordered as early as possible. Also 
list at least three choices. 

NOTE: Items numbered FS-B569 through FS-B574 have been reserved and are 
unavailable for pre-Easter use. 

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Williajn Kerr died Sunday, Jan- 
uary 7, 1973 as a result of an auto- 
mobile accident. Mr. Kerr was bom 
December 14, 1952 in Bryan, Ohio, 
the son of Kenneth and Evelyn Kerr. 

Surviving in addition to the par- 
ents are 3 brothers, Kenneth Kerr, 
Jr. of Los Angeles, Calif., Thomas 
and Michael Kerr, both of Bryan, 
one sister, Karen (Kerr) Babb, the 
maternal gn:-andparents, Mr. and 
Mrs. Prather Hitt, three nephews 
and one niece. 

BUI was a member of the Bryan 
First Brethren Church where he 
often assisted in Junior Church ser- 
vices. He attended Shipshewana 
Camp, Indiana District Conference 
and General Conference on many 

Memorial services were conducted 
by his pastor. Rev. M. W. Dodds. 
Interment was at Fountain Grove 
Cemetery in Bryan, Ohio. 


Mrs. Mattie Derr passed away 
October 14, 1972. She had been a 
member of the Cerro Gordo Breth- 
ren Church for many years. She and 
her husband observed their 62nd 
wedding anniversary August 10, 
1972. She is survived by her hus- 
band, Charles, three sons and one 

Funeral services were conducted 
in the Cerro Gordo Brethren Church 
with her pastor the Reverend 
WilUam Livingston. Interment was 
in the Cerro Gordo Cemetery. 


Mr. Henry Martin went to be with 
the Lord December 15, 1972. He was 
a faithful member of the First 
Brethren Church of Hagerstown, 
Maryland where he served on the 
trustee and deacon boards. Mr. 
Martin was a retired employee of 
Potomac Edison. Services were con- 
ducted at the church by his pastor, 
John B Mills. 


Funeral services for Owen Mere- 
dith Shaver were held October 27, 
1972 in the Maurertown Brethren 
Church with his pastor. Doc Shank, 

Mr. Shaver died unexpectedly al- 
though he had been ill from time 
to time. He was an electrical con- 
tractor and a member of the Maurer- 
town Brethren Church. He was also 
a member of the Men's Sunday 
School Class and was a trustee of 
the church for over 35 years. 


Funeral services for Mrs. Mozel 
Greer, wife of Charles Greer, 
Twelve Mile, Indiana, was held 
December 30 at the McCain Counti 
Chapel. Rev. Clarence Kindley, pa 
tor of Corinth Brethren Churc 
was in charge of the Services. 

Mrs. Greer was a member 
Corinth Brethren Church where si 
had been active in the work of tl 
church and the W.M.S. for mai 
years. Mr. and Mrs. Greer will 
remembered by several people 
residents of Allen Hall at Ashlai 
College several years ago whe 
they worked for the CoUege. 

Survivors include the husban 
Charles, stepchildren and grari| 
children and a host of friends. 

Mrs. Phyllis Wra 
Cor. Sec'y-, Conn' 
Brethren Church' 


Rebecca E. Shoemaker, 78, we 
to be with her Lord on January j' 
1973. Mrs. Shoemaker, formerly 
Denver, Indiana, was a resident 
The Brethren's Home in Flora, In 
ana for the last year and a half. 

Bom in Miami County, DecemJi 
29, 1894, she was the daughter i 
Ira and Ida (Maus) Eikenberry. () 
April 26, 1924, she was married i 
LaFayette Shoemeiker who prect 
ed her in death October 1, 1965. i 

Surviving are two children. Ml 
Richard (Rosida) Reed of Galv 
tion, Indiana and Herman R. Shi 
maker, Crete, IlUnois, eight grai 
children and one great grandchi 

Funeral services were conduo 
by Rev. George Hapner and Av 
Gable on January 21 at the Den^ 
Church of the Brethren. Intermi 
was in Greenlawn Cemetery 
Mexico, Indiana. 

arch 10, 1973 

Page Twenty-nine 



Deborah Johnson and Larry Kira- 
ife were united in marriage on 
fiday, January 12, 1973 in the 
irst Brethren Church oif Gratis, 
hio. Mrs. Kiraoofe is the daughter 
: Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Johnson 
id Mr. Kiracofe is the son of Mr. 
id Mrs. James Kiraoofe. All are 
embers Oif the church. They will 
i living in Rudyard, Michigan, 
here Mr. Kiracofe is with the U.S. 
ir Force. 


Mr. and Mrs. George Spiehnan 
celebrated their 60th Wedding Anni- 
versary an Monday, January 8, 1973. 
They are members of the First 
Brethren Church of Hagerstown, 

Mr. and Mrs. Omer Rodkey of 
Kokomo, Indiana observed their 
63rd Wedding Anniversary on Feb- 
ruary 12, 1973. Both Mr. and Mrs. 
Rodkey are members of the Burling- 
^ ton Brethren Church. 

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Swihart 
observed their 63rd Wedding Anni- 
versary on December 18, 1972. They 
are members of the First Brethren 
Church of Sarasota, Florida. 

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Plaugher 
celebrated their 57th Wedding Anni- 
versary on December 19, 1972. They 
are members of the First Brethren 
Church of Sarasota, Florida. 


March 18-23 

Fairless Hills-Levittown 
Pastor: Rev. James Donahoo 
Evangelist: Dr. J. D. Hamel of 
Sarasota, Florida 

March 25 - April 1 

North Manchester, Indiana 
Pastor: Rev. Woodraw Immel 
Evangehst: Dr. J. D. Hamel of 
Sarasota, Florida 

March 11-18 

Hagerstown, Maryland 
Pastor: Rev. John Mills 
Evangelist: Dr. Harold Bamett of 
Lost Creek, Kentucky 

BiirIing;ton, Ind. — The BurMngton 
Brethren Church will be having 
their Missionary Conference 
March 17 and 18, 1973. The Rev. 
Kenneth Solomon will be the 
speaker at the conference. 

Donna Shirar 
Cor. Sec'y. 


Diana Kiracofe and Frank Sellers 
ere united in marriage on Satur- 
ly, January 25, 1973 in the First 
j-ethren Church of Gratis, Ohio, 
rs. Sellers is the daughter of Mr. 
id Mrs. James Kiracofe and Mr. 
>Uers is the son of Samuel Sellers 
KnoxvUle, Term. They will be 
j/ing near Wright Patterson AFB 
here Mr. Sellers is with the U.S. 
ir Force 


On Sunday afternoon, November 
I 1972, the Cedar Creek Ohristiam 
hurch at Zepp, Virginia, was the 
tting of the wedding oif Miss Ruth 
on Bausennan and Stephen Dale 
ultz. The groom's pastor. Doc 
lank, of Maurertown Brethren 
lurch, officiated at the double-ring 


There was a new musical note 
born on December 27, 1972. Aaron 
David is a new soloist at the home 
of Rex and Bobbi McConahay of 
Ashland, Ohio. Our congratulations 
to the proud parents. Rex is a stu- 
dent at the Ashland Theological 

Daughter, Michelle Susan was 
born January 30, 1973 to Rev. & 
Mrs. Mike Hurd. Rev. Hurd is the 
pastor of the First Brethren Church 
of Roanoke, Indiana. 


St. Petersburg-, Florida — 

1 by letter 

1 by affirmation 

Ashland, Oliio — 

1 by letter 

Canton, Oliio — 

4 by Baptism 

Sarasota, Florida — 

9 by Baptisim 

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The First Brethren Church of Ardmore served as the 
locale of the installation service of Rev. Brian H. 
Moore as pastor of the church on the afternoon of 
January 7, 1973. 

Rev. Moore is a graduate of the E^astenn Mennonite 
College where he received Ms B.A. degree. He took his 
Seminary training at the Ashland Theological Seminary. 

After graduating from the Seminary emd receiving 
his B.D. degree he served as pastor of the Brethren 
Churches in Glenford, Ohio; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 
and recently at Derby, Kansas. 

While at Derby, Kansas he served as Moderator of 
the Midwest District Conference of the Brethren 
Church. He recently presented a paper on THE NEW 

(l. to r.) Rev. J. Milton Bowman, Rev. Brian 
Moore and Rev. Claude Stogsdill. 

Rev. J. MUton Bowman, of Lansing, Michigan ga\ 
the invocation and the inspirational message "The Ga 
To Preach" using the Scripture text taken froi 
I Corinthians 2:1-10 as the basis for his message. 

Rev. Claude Stogsdill, pastor of the Brethren Churc 
in Warsaw, Indiana presented the charge to both Re' 
Moore and the congregation. June Brown led the co;, 
gregation in hymn singing and Lena Sanders rendere, 
a vocal solo, "Amazing Grace." 

A carry-in dinner was served and Rev. and Mr 
Moore and family were welcomed to Ardmore wit 
a food shower which was presented by the Ardmoi 
Brethren congregation. 


Rev. W. St. Clair Benshoff assumed the duties of 
the pastorate at the First Brethren Church in Muncie, 
Indiana January 7, 1973. Rev. Benshoff is a former 
Editor of Publications for The Brethren Publishing 

Company having served in that capacity approximate! 
10% years. During this period he also served as Pastd 
of the Brethren Church in Williamstown, Ohio. He hi 
also served pastorates in MilledgevOle, Illinois; Vinti 
Pennsylvania; Meyersdale, Pennsylvania; Hagerstow.' 
Maryland and Nappanee, Indiana. 

He is past moderator of the Indiana District Ca' 
ference of Brethren Churches, a member of til 
Ministerial and Congregationad Relations Board and W 
Board of Christian Education of the Indiana District. 

He has also served as Moderator of the Genen 
Conference of The Brethren Church ; nine years as : 
member of the Missionary Board, his last three 
president of the board; a trustee of Ashland Colleg< 
member of the Youth Board; chairman of the Genen 
Conference music committee; and as a member of tl 
Conference Executive Committee. 

Rev. Benshoff and Mrs. Benshoff, the former Paulii 
Weaver of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania are the paren 
of three sons, James, John and David, all of Ashlan 

Many of the Brethren have enjoyed immensly tl 
favorite pastime of Rev. and Mrs. Benshoff, the OM 
bination of Rev. Benshoff at the orgem and Mi 
Benshoff at the piano as a duet. 

An attendance drive contest has been organized b' 
tween two teams designated as the red and blue sidfl 
The goal to be met has been set for an attemdance i 
125 to be present on Easter Sunday. 

arch 10, 1973 

Pag« Thirty-one 

Milledgeville, Illinois 

The congregation of the MUledgeville Brethren 
hurch recently held a service of consecratiom, for their 
istor, Rev. James R. Black. 

A genuine leading to recognize Rev Black publicly 
>r his ability to utilize his talents as an Evangelist 
rompted the congregation and their Deacon Board to 
Tange this impressive service. 

This unprecedented public recognition in this local 
)ngregation of a special gift resulted in a real blessing 
I both pastor and congregation. 

Mission Pastor of the Derby, Kansas, Brethren 
hurch, (now Rev. Brian Moore, pastor of the Ardmore, 
idiana Brethren Church) was guest speaker on this 
jcasion and presented a most inspirational message, 
ev. Paul Steiner, pastor of the Lanark, Illinois, 
rethren Church and Rev. James Rowsey of Forreston, 
linois, representatives of the District Ministerial 
xamining and District Evangelist Boards participated 
I the service and continued to demonstrate the very 
ne spiritual leadership that has been keenly evident 
I the Central District. 

To further complement this action, the MiUedgevUle 
hurch has expressed its willingness to free its pastor 
►r additional time during KEY 73 to carry the Good 
ews of the gospel to other church communities. 
Rev. Black's unusual devotion to evangelism in deal- 
ig with lost souls is very much appreciated by those 
ho know him and serve with him. 

Submitted by 
Harlan Hollewell 

January 21-28 the dedicated and dynamic evangelisitic 
reacher Rev. James Black, pastor of the MUledgevUle, 
linois Brethren Church, held a Revival in the Sarasota 
irst Brethren Church in Florida beginning its Key 73 
/angeUstic emphasis. The spiritual results of the 
?vival were 12 first time decisions; the first Sunday 
foming 42 came to the altar to pray for a friend or a 
jlative to accept Christ during the week; 12 came for- 
ward for full-time Christian sei-vice; and on the closing 
'.ght over 100 came forward to make a commitment 
f Christ to be a soul winner. 

[The average evening attendance for the campaign 

jas 164 with the first Sunday morning attendance 486 

(id the last Sunday morning 538. The closing Sunday 

:'ternoon of the revival six adults were baptized in tlie 

>autiful outdoor baptistry in the memorial garden. 

Litstanding singing was inspired by song leader Mrs. 

ugene Robbins, organist Curtis Stauffer, and pianist 

ebbie Sansing on our new Baldwin Grand Piano. 

.During the week the evangelist was involved in a 

;.lling program among the lost and prospective mem- 

Ts with Associate pastor Rev. Bill Ross and Pastor 

■ D. Hamel. His ministry involved extra calling in the 

radenton city area where we have almost 50 members 

the Sarasota First Brethren Church and where we 

uld establish another Brethren Church. His ministry 

so involved calling in the county jail, the hospital, and 

eaking at the Women's Morning Bible Coffee Hour, 

e Men's 6 a.m. Saturday Prayer Breakfast and the 

Brethren Youth Coke Party following the Friday eve- 
ning service. 

Rev. James Black is one of the finest evangelists I 
have worked with in the years of my ministry. His 
messages were intended to edify and build up the body 
of Christ, to prepare the saints for service and soul- 
winning, and above all to win souls. I highly recommend 
Rev. James Black as a national evangelist in the 
Brethi-en denomination and assure you that he wOl give 
people a hunger for old-fashioned revival preaching 
and wUl leave revival results thi'ough his Holy Spirit 
anointed ministry of evangelism. Evangelist James 
Black has the rare ability of making the Word of God 
live as he relates it from the Holy Scriptures. 

Rev. Black is a graduate of Ashland College. He 
attended Ashland Theological Seminary and pursued 
studies at the Camus HiU Bible College and the Akron 
Bible Institute in Ohio. He has served the Trinity and 
Bethel E.U.B. Churches in Ashland, Ohio; the Firestone 
Park Brethren Church in Akron; the Waterloo, Iowa 
Brethren; and, at present, the Milledgeville, 111. Brethren 
Church since Feb. 1970. 

The Sarasota First Brethren Church and the denom- 
ination is certainly indebted to Evangelist Black for the 
work which he is doing for Christ in these challenging 
days of evangelism. What a time for Revival! Truly we 
are living in the last days! In the words of Chajs. G. 
Finney, "A revival is neither a miracle nor an accident. 
It is the inevitable result of God's people meeting God's 
conditions." This was done by the Sarasota Brethren 
through prayer, community bus census, witness, and 
personal visitation. These are great days for Revival 
and evei-y Brethren Church is urged to make these days 
of "agressive evangelism" for Christ. People today are 
wUUng to listen! Thank God for Revival! 

—Elder J. D. Hamel, Pastor 
Sarasota First Brethren Church 

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4 World Relief Special Features 
W Layman's Page 

22 Sisterhood 

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Jg Missionary News 

23 Out From The Trash Heap (Key 73) 

25 Poetry Corner — Cheep Advice 

26 Board of Christian Education 
29 World Religious News in Review 




Brethren Care of Ashland, Ohio — The Brethren 
Church's newest retirement and nursing center — can 
use your help! 

We would encourage donations from groups or 
individuals of the following items: 

Powders - face & body 

Hand & body lotion 




Small boxes of Kleenex 

Polident tablets 


Safety pins 

Stationery supplies 

Pens & pencils 

Greeting cards (all kinds; jjarticularly 

special holidays) 
Small bottles of liquid soap 
Ladies' hair nets, especially gray 
Shoestrings - black & brown 
Orafix (or similar product) 
Men's shaving cream 
Men's socks 

Residents use these items regularly and will apprecil 
receiving them at the Center. 

If you can aid us in this phase of our benevolent w<^ 
send items to: 

2000 Center Street 
Ashland, Ohio 44805 

[arch 24, 1973 

Page Three 


By the Way 





We have just passed through the month of February 
a our journey through lite, and we also celebrated 
le anniversay of the buth of the 'Father of our 
3untry'. It may not have been observed on the day 
esignated as had been the practice in the past many, 
lany years, but somehow or another, they did manage 
) squeeze it into the proper month. 
Referring to the first president, we are reminded of 
ae incident in which a rather young lad was caught 
slling a lie and was severely scolded by his mother, 
a an effort to defend his actions he asked his mother, 
Mother, did you ever teU a he?" She admitted that she 
ad. The boy then asked, "Did Dad ever tell a lie?" The 
lother replied, "Well, I've kno-wm him to tell a story 
bw and then since I've knov^ni him." 
StiU not satisfied with these answers, he went on to 
!sk, "How about Grandpa and Grandma, did they ever 
e?" The mother again repUed promptly, "Well son, 
ley too are human, perhaps they did." 
The young boy then said, "You know Mom, It must 
i pretty loinesome up in Heaven with only God and 
eorge Washington there." 

Of course, the young fellow's theology may have been 
bit warped, but under the circumstances we have to 
Jmit his instinct was rather correct. It does seem that 
lling the truth is becoming more difficult in many 
■eas of our modem society. 

Approximately ten years ago a sui'vey was conducted 
a large city through the assistance of lie detectors. 
ut of 25,000 experiments using people from various 
alks of life, not one completely truthful person was 
und. By these standards then, the search by Diogenes 
r a completely honest man may still be going on. 
We seem to emphasize murder and adultery as the 
mmandments broken more than the others. Yet, this 
atter of truth or untruth has a very heavy bearing on 
tother commandment, that of false witness against 
e's neighbor. 

Medical science has made great strides in the matter 
>'. speech defects and therapy. Electronics have also 
lintributed greatly to this end. Yet, in the matter of 
■^lat ultimately results from speech only the heart can 

We have often heard the phrase used more by the 
^nerican Indian, "Him speak with forked tongue." 
l|m has been endowed with a marvelous organ that 
(■n be used to speak blessings and also curses. The 
Ijart determines which. 


The power of speech was used by Alexander Mack 
and by Martin Luther to inspire their listeners. This 
same power of speech was used by Hitler and Mussolini 
to delude them. 

The question may be brought up pertaining to jury 
trials. Is it to be determined who is telling the truth or 
who is telling a lie? Two witnesses may be called and 
given the oath to tell the truth, yet upon being ques- 
tioned, two completely contradictory versions of a partic- 
ular segment of the case in hand are given. 

Perhaps everyone is agreed on the importance of tell- 
ing the truth. What about the half-truth or better known 
as the little white-Ue? An incident is recalled about a 
railroad crossing watchman called into court in a case 
of negligence which caused an accident between a train 
and an automobile. 

Upon being questioned by the plaintiff's attorney, the 
watchman emphatically answered that he was out on 
the crossing waving his lantern. No amount of badgering 
of cross-examination could change his story. The rail- 
road won the suit. After the trial the attorney for the 
railroad said to the watchman, "Man, you are to be con- 
gratulated. I never saw a man stick by your convic- 
tions like you did, and that is what won the case for 
us." The watchman answered, "Well, I'm glad to hear 
that, because for a few minutes there I was scared to 
death that the other lawyer was going to ask me if my 
lantern was lit." 

A certain land owner sues the state for what he con- 
siders a fair price for his property that is to be utiUzed 
in the building of a super highway. He and his attorney 
produce documents and evidence of the great value of 
the property. The attorney for the government in turn 
produces copies of this man's income tax return claim- 
ing that he has lost money on this property for years. 
What was it the Indians used to say? 

Let's look at an untruth for what it really is — The 
truth of the matter is that it is not a prevarication, 
not an innocent little white lie, not being a bit loose with 
the truth. It is an indication that there is something 
wrong with a large portion of our society. It indicates 
a lack of respect for one of God's commandments and 
in turn a lack of brotherly love for one's fellow man. 

Most important, it involves the misuse of one of 
man's most blessed and useful instruments, the power 
of speech. This misuse results from a heart that is not 
altogether in harmony with God's orchestration- (G.S.) 

P«^ Four "^^^ Brethren Evangell! 

The Brethren Church has contributed 


by Lillian H. Graffai 

Mrs. Lillian H. Graffam is wife of Dr. Everett 
S. Graffam, executive vice president of the World 
Relief Commission. For the sake of Christ, WRC 
is serving needy humanity in Vietnam, Korea, 
Bangladesh, India, Chile, Cambodia, Laos, Thai- 
land, Iran, Hong Kong and Zaire. 

One of 5,000 Deny all children being cared for in 

(in "under-fire" clinic %vhere a child is kept 

for about two iveeks, given medical 

care and started on a good 

■nutritional program. 

As he sat on his haunches, he stared contentedly into 
the river tumbUng between the tree-hned banks. The 
familiar heavy scent of wood smol<e from the longhouse 
fire tinged the mountain air, making him hck his lips 
in anticipation of the evening meal of rice and fish. 
The cool humidity pleasantly moistened his bronze skin 
and he lingered on the river bank, feeling — more than 
consciously thinking — "This is a good life!" 

Indeed, their ancient mode of life was quite satis- 
factory to the Montagnards (MOHN-tan-YARS) who 
lived on the mountain spine of Vietnam. It was a good 
life until the Vietcong stole into their villages at night, 
kiUed the tribal officials, kidnapped the sons to fight 
on their side, and stole the food supplies. 

It was a good life befoi^ the Saigon government had 
to force the Montagnards out of their beloved hills 
because the war had spread to their district. 

While the war has disrupted all family life in Vietnaj 
it has probably most seriously dislocated the hills triW 
an ethnic minority. More than a million of these peoj-i 
have had to leave their homes, their gardens, th<i 
animals, and their whole way of life. The governme 
has relocated them in camps on the fringes of populat 
areas where unfortunately they have not been accept 
by the ethnic Vietnamese. 

They are completely destitute, bringing with tht 
only what they can carry. Mostly they have had to vv; 
to the new location, sometimes as far as ninety mil 

Life is so different, and at first all of it is miserat 
unless someone besides the government helps them w 
clothing, blankets, food and medical care, and unli 
they are given an opportunity to learn new farmi 
methods and vocation skills and have hope of becomi 

Fortunately, there are those who do care about the 
mostly evangelical Christians, both national and forei; 
representing many organizations working among v^ 
ous tribes. One concerned group is the World Rel ' 
Commission, overseas relief ami of the National As 
elation of Evangelicals, wliich has served in Vietn:i_ 
since 1961. 

SoUcitude for the mountain people started 43 y« 
ago, however, with the Rev. and Mrs. Herbert Jacks) 
Christian and Missionary Alliance missionaries. 1, 
Jackson saw some short bronze men wearing only k 
cloths in Dalat City and learned they were of the Ki 
(Ko-HAW) Tribe. He thought they had noble faces & 
became intrigued by these mountain men. 

When he learned that the French considered th 
simple slaves, suitable only for enforced road buUdil 
he and his wife asked to be transferred from the Meko 
Delta to Dalat in the central highlands, so they co 
reach these aborigines with the gospel. So success 
has tills work become that now there is a tliriving ev 
gelical center with a church, Bible institute, vocatio ' 
school and clinic. About 100,000 Koho surround 

[arch 24, 1973 

Page Five 

Btiildings at the Vocational Training 
Center in Dakit, Vietnam. 

One of WRCs most recent big projects has been help- 
ig: finance the large Tribes Vocational Training Center 
id the continuing program. Erecting the building was 
irt of the student training. The Rev. Wesley Sche- 
nder, C & MA missionary superintended the building 
: the school and dorms. (Phil and John I^rsch met 
ev. and Mrs. Schelander in Saigon on their S.E Asia 
'^orld Relief tour last year.) 

j Students are being trained as skilled carpenters, 
(echanics, tailors, shop owners, electricians, sheet- 
jetal workers, masons, typists and home economists. 
!,But they receive much more than vocational training. 
|r. Schelander's vision included "education given in an 
tviramment conductive to building leadership qualities, 
I respect fo." work and an unselfishness for helping 

They will dig wells, build fences, erect community 
lUdings in surrounding villages. And then on Sundays 
id evenings the Christian students will go back with 

an evangelistic witness. "I believe this is the best way 
to depict Christ as God's answer for the needs of the 
whole man — ^body, soul, and spirit," is Mr. Schelander's 
opinion. WRC concurs with this viewpoint. 

Helping the Montagnards is a way of doing God's 
work by building up people, as urged by the apostle 
Paul when he wrote the Thessalonians to "therefore 
e.ncourage one another and build one another up" 
(I Thess. 5:11). 

Concerned evangelicals stand alongside these dis- 
placed hiUs tribes people who sometimes live on the 
very edge of survival, and help to ejtablish them in a 
new life with personal dignity, and often in a new faith. 
This is "Humanitarian Concern . . . with a Plus!" (one 
of WRCs slogans). 

(Note: Tliose Brethren Churches and individuals 
contributing to the World Relief Offering liave a part 
in all tliis good work being done by the World Relief 

Photo by: Juspao 
Saigon, Vietnam 

Koho Vocational Training Center Chorus 
nf Dalat. Vietnam. 


A Question From The 
Brethren World Relief Committee: 

(1) I thank Thee, Lord, for strength of arm 

To win my bread, 
And that, beyond my need, is meat 

For friend unfed: 
I thank Thee much for bread to live; 
I thank Thee more for bread to give. 

(2) I thank Thee, Lord, for snug-thatched roof 

In cold and storm, 
And that, beyond my need, is room 

For friend forlorn: 
I thank Thee much for place to rest, 
But more for shelter for my guest. 

(3) I thank Thee, Lord, for lavish love 

On me bestowed. 
Enough to share with loveless folk 

To ease their load: 
Thy love to me I Ul could spare. 
Yet dearer is Thy love I share. Amen. 

by Robert Davis 
Page 375 — "The Brethren Hymnal" 

Fas« Six 

The Brethren Evangelisl 


Main ward, 70 beda, of the Hoa Khanh Children's 

Hospital in. Vietnam, where 26,000 children 

IV ere cared for in 1972. 

News Release — February 4, 1973 

In view of the cease fire, the World Relief Commission 
which has served in Vietnam since 1961 will increase 
its assistance to the Vietnamese. 

The first recovery task is to relocate and resettle 
war victims and refugees who fled from Quang Tri 
Province to camps around WRC's Hoa Khanh Children's 
Hospital, near DaNang. (Note: This Children's Hospital 
was visited by Phil and John Lerscli in April, 1972.) 
Food-for-work redevelopment and land reclamation 
projects will be conducted widely through Region I, 
using U.S. "foods-for-peace" as wages. 

Christian Youth Social Service, WRC's Vietnamese 
counterpart agency, which has been caring for refugees 

in Hoa Khanh, wdll continue to fulfill the Commission'i 
dual purpose of bringing physical help and spiritHE 

As a further aid to recovery, the South Vietnames 
Government has granrted WRC $40,000 for use in 
pUot project of expanded community development i 
Tuyen Due Province among the Koho Monitagnards. 

(Note: Our Bretliren support of WRC, particularll 
througrh this continuing' ministry in Vietnam, is a mea* 
inglul way of expressing thanks to God that peace I 
coming' there. Not only thanks that fighting lias stoppej 
for Americans, but, more importantly, thanks that w 
Christians now have an opportunity to help rebuild.) , 


$300 will help rebuild a home, school, church or clinic in Bangladesh or Nicaragua. 
$200 will help operate an ambulance, out-patient clinic, or x-ray lab for three months. 
$100 will send an abundant supply of food, clothing, vitamins and medicines. 
$ 25 will pixcvide medical care for a child in the Children's hospital for a month. 
$ 15 will provide for a child in a day care nursery for a month. 
$ 10 will provide 3 full bed-size woolen blankets. 
$ 5 will ship 1,500 pounds of food overseas. 

irch 24, 1973 

Pagie Seven 

You have helped these 

With Your World Relief Giving and Prayers 

Crippled Children's Home 
Pusan, Korea 

Photo by: Jerry E. Sandoz 
Seoul, Korea 

Chtm Sung Won Crippled 
Children's Home in Korea 

Photo by: Jerry E. Sandoz 
Seoul, Korea 

Crippled Children's Home 
Pusan, Korea 

School for the Blind 
Ptcsan, Korea 

There Are Yet More Awaiting Our Love 

Page Eight 

The Brethren Evangelisi 


BANGLADESH: 7<Ton Truck 
Used As Ambulance 
Boy's Sight Saved 

SEWING FOR WORLD RELIEF is a worthwhile 
project — ^not just for adult women, but also for "young 

Regardless of ability, there are many needed articles 
to work on. 
Younger girls could sew simple items: 
— Bibs or neck aprons for the elderly 
— Lap robes 
— QuUts 
Older girls could attempt: 
— Little dresses 
— Layettes 
AU of these items of clothing would be welcomed at 
the World Relief Sewing Display next August at General 
Conference (Ashland, Ohio). 

For further mformation and detailed instructions, 

Mrs. Duane Dickson 
R.R. 3, Box 161 
Wabash, Indiana 46992 

If your Sisterhood group, or you individually, is 
willing to follow through on this suggestion, it will 
make someone else happier (as well as warmer). Write 
for information so you can SERVE BY SEWING— 
and enjoy yourself Ln the process. 

Mr. Fred Gregory, World Relief Commission'; 
Director for Bangladesh, reports that WRC's 7-toi 
truck served as an ambulance for an eight-year-olc 
Bengali boy threatened with the loss of his one goo( 
eye. It was a painful two-day trip by truck iron 
Khuhia to Dacca but the boy's sight was saved. 

Jacob Bario, the young Bengali boy, lost the sight o 
one eye in complications following severe smallpo> 
Mrs. Howard Hawkes, a missionary and representativ 
of WRC, visited his home every day. When the good ey 
was threatened with infection she knew the boy neede 
professional help. 

Fred Gregory suggested that Jacob and his mother g 
to the Chandragona Christian Hospital, operated by th 
British Baptists in Chittagong and assisted by WRC 
But how to get him there? Eighty-five percent of th 
transportation in Bangladesh has been destroyed. 

WRC's truck was scheduled to take relief supplies t 
Dacca. Jacob and his mother were invited to go aloni 
Then Mr. and Mrs. Gregory cared for them in thei 
own home for six days untU there was air flight t 
Chittagong, only an hour fix>m the hospital. 

Jacob and his mother heard about Christ and sa' 
Christianity in action from the time of Mrs. Hawke 
initial bedside ministry to the ophthalmologist vvl 
saved Jacob's sight. 

This cooperative evangelical effort fulfUls WRC 
dual purpose of ministering to the world's needy wit 
physical and spiritual help. 


"We Share Because We Care" was the theme of our 
third annual World Relief Supper held November 19, 

Desiring to involve the youth in this worthy project, 
we asked them to decorate the tables appropriately. 
With the help of their advisors, each of the three groups 
decorated two tables. The Juniors used three-dimen- 
sional placards on which they had pasted words and 
pictures cut from issues of the Bretliren EvangeHst. 
The Junior Higlis made small square containers 
decorated with flowers on which they had pasted pic- 
tures of our missionaries and various aspects of their 
work. The Senior Youth sketched a large outline map 
of Vietnam on the paper table cover, pasting pictures 
of orphans on the map, with the words inscribed "We 

The supper, being a symbolic meal, consisted simp 
of sandwiches, carrott and celery strips, and wat( 
On each table was a plate for the World Relief Offerii 
We were pleased with our offering of $71.00, whit 
added to the amount the Church has budgeted, almq 
triples what we gave last year. 

Following the meal we viewed the fine slide-tal 
presentation of the trip to the Orient made last Spri), 
by Rev. Phil Lersch and his son, John. Thus we had i 
opportunity to view firsthand some of the good thin 
accomplished by the gifts of God's people through t 
World ReUef Commission. 

Rev. William Andersot 
Manteca, California 

arch 34, 1973 

Page Nine 



What were the World Relief features at the 1972 General Conference in Ashland, 
Ohio, last August? (Fill in the blanks.) 

(1) Monday Night? 

(2) Friday Noon? 

(3) Friday Afternoon? 

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■SJH ^Oi peq) •pdEqo IBuouiaH ui janaH PPOyvv JOJ doqsiiJOAV Suiavss (£) 

raiouao \e „saaddns„ asaij; qSnoji[4 paAiaoaj uaaq sbij 09S'I$ 'sJBaX i 
;si3d aqi uj -jaRaH PIJOM Joj papanoo s-t?A\ £81$ PUB papuan^ 002 inoqv) 
■•Bua;ajBO eSanoo ui jaipH PF'OM JOJ HaddAS dnOS renuiuv RluaAas (Z) 

('anox tTBTSV ISBemnog OHAV aq; jo saonpid apjis .saqosjaT puB 'suinj 
janay PT-iOAV JO saues y) -jadBXiQ i^TJOuiajM ur TBAi;saji vi[i^ janaH PI-ioav (I) 

More Comingr In 1973 

Pag« Ten "^^ Brethren Evangelist! 

World Relief VISUAL AIDS Available . . . 

For Use Throughout The Year 

From Pastor Phil Lersch — 

6301 56th Avenue, North 

St. Petersburg, Horida 33709 

"SLIDE PICTURES OF SOUTHEAST ASLA."— This set of 82 color-slides, with 
a 30 minute cassette tape-recorded narration, depicts what Phil and John Lersch 
experienced last year on their World Relief Tour of six SE. Asian countries — Japan, 
Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Thailand. The two sets available will be 
scheduled according to the first requests received. Please give alternate dates. No 
charge, except return postage. 

From World Relief Commission 

P.O. Box 44 

Valley Forge, Pennsylvania 19481 

"BANGLADESH"— 16mm sound, full color, 22 minutes. This film is a pictorial 
reflection of some of the events and tragedies that accompanied the Pakistani-India 
War. It also reflects the personal triumphs that are being accomplished daily 
through the help of concerned Evangelicals. 

"A CHANCE TO LIVE"— IGmm sound, full color, 21 minutes. About life at 
Hoa Khanh Children's Hospital In Vietnam. Also shown are other activities of the 
World Relief Commission in this war-torn land. This is "must" viewing for every- 
one interested in the physical and spiritual welfare of our children overseas. 

"THE MANY FACES OF VIETNAM"— 16mm sound, fuU color, 25 minutes. 
Dealing with both the cultural and personal aspects of the Vietnamese people, this 
fUm reflects an insight on the Vietnamese i>eople rarely seen or understood through 
television and print. SkUlful blending of film from the U.S. Marine Corps and WRC 
staff makes this one of the most informative films on exeictly how the Vietnamese 
people once lived and how they live today. 

"THIS IS HOW IT IS!"— 35mm film strip, fuU color, 30 minutes. The story of 
the activities of the World Relief Commission in aU parts of the world. FOmstrip 
is available with a cassette tape recording or a printed transcript for individual 
speaker presentation about WRC activities. 

(Note: Although the WRC literature mentions 
the need for a "free will offering" for the tise of 
these films, Brethren Churches are asked to send 
their offerings or budgeted contribution to Mr. 
George Kerlin, Treasurer, World Relief Com- 
mittee, Rt. U, Box 258, Goshen, Indiana 46526.) 

[arch 24, 1973 

Page Eleven 


lodger H. Geaslen 


In the Mosaic law it is written: "At the mouth of 
^o witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall 
fi matter be established" (Deuteronomy 19:15). 
In the exceedingly important matter of the physical 
■surrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, there -are far, 
r more than two or three witnesses testifying to it. 
;Here are some of the witnesses who saw the Lord 
:■ a man after His resurrection, according to First 
printhians 15: 

"He was seen of Cephas, 

"Then of the twelve, 

"After that, he was seen of about five hundred 
brethren . . . 

"After that he was seen of James; 

"Then of all the apostles." 

And the Apostle Paul adds: "He was seen of 
me also." 

Examine these witnesses and abandon all questions, 
doubts and fears regarding the reality of our Lord's 
physical resurrection! 

Years ago, when Lord Salisbury, a statesman, and a 
scientist of no mean caliber, was asked about his faith 
in Christianity, he wrote in the London Times that the 
central point of his faith was the resurrection of Christ, 
in which he believed: "First, because it was testified 
to by men who had every opportunity of seeing and 
knowing, and whose veracity was tested by the most 
tremendous trials both of energy and endurance during 
long lives; and secondly, because of the remarkable 
effects it had upon the world. Anyone believing in the 
resurrection of Christ would not doubt that St. Matthew, 
St. Peter, St. Paul, St. Mark and St. John carried a 
Divine message. 

All who disbelieve the record of His resurrection are 
stiU in their sins; for there is no salvation apart from 
faith in Christ's death for our sins and in His resurrec- 
tion for our justification. 

The message is: "That if thou shall confess with thy 
mouth the Lord Jesus, and shaft believe in thine heart 
that God liath raised him from the dead, thou shall 
be saved" (Romans 10:9). 

To talk with God 
No breath is lost — 

Talk on! 
To walk with God 
No strength is lost — 

Walk on! 
To wait on God 
No time is lost — 

Wait on! 

Page Twelve 

The Brethren Evangclisi 

Call to Worship 
Song Service 
Circle of Prayer 

Bible Studies 




Discussion Questions: 

Seniors: Discussion over chosen book 

Special Music 


"Spirit of Sisterhood" 

S.M.M. Benediction 



Mrs. Radcliff is the wife of Rev. Jerry Rad- 
cliff, pastor of the Milford Brethren Church in 
Mil ford, Indiana. She is the patroness of the 
National Sisterhood Organization. She is the 
second Vice President of the National Woman's 
Missionary Society; Vice President of the Indiana 
District W.M.S.; a member of the Indiana Distnct 
resolutions committee. 

James 4:14 K.J.V. — "Whereas ye know not what shall 
be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a 
vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then 
vanisheth away." 

James 4:14-17 Living Bible — "How do you know what 
ii going to happen tomorrow? For the length of your 
lives is as uncertain as the morning fog — now you see 
it; soon it is gone. What you ought to say is, 'If the Lord 
wants us to, we shall live and do this or that." Othei-wlse 
you will be bragging about your own plans, and such 
self-confidence never pleases God. Remember, too, that 
knowing what is right to do and then not doing it is 

Life is so short if we only consider this earthly time 
on this planet. And because life in the flesh is the only 
form of life we have experienced it seems to become 
very important to preserve it at all costs. But how can 
life that is not life be presei-ved? Do you realize how 

many dead people you come face to face with everyday 
In I John 5:12, (L.B.) we read "So whoever has God 
Son has life; whoever does not have His Son, does m 
have life." Today life is thrown at us in all its sorcH 
reality. Words that weren't known by most people 
generation ago are on the front cover of most magi 
zines, books, and newspapers, TV and movie screen 
made to attract the curosity of anyone wdlling to bu 
and read or watch. They all promise to give new e 
periences, thrills and knowledge to make life mo] 
complete. But all of them are designed for an experieiK 
that can only lead to spiritual death. 'For Lf ye live aftti 
the flesh ye shall die but if ye through the Spirit q 
mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live." noma|| 
8:13 (K.J.V.) 

There is a blueprint for living which is the ansiw 
to all the worlds idea of life and that is the Bible, . 
"written that we might believe that Jesus is the Son 
God; and that believing we might have life throuf 
his name." John 20:31 (K.J.V.) 

From this blueprint we read the answer to: 

Witchcraft— Deut. 18:9-12 

Occult, Voodoo, Black Magic— Acts 19:18-19 

Jeane Dixon, Seeress- Deut. 18:22; Lev. 20:6 

Astrology— Isaiah 47:12-14 

Abortion — Gen. 2:7 

HomosexuaUity— Rom. 1:27-29; Lev. 20:13 

Pre-marital sex— Gen. 2:24; I Cor. 7:28a; 7:39; 
I Thess. 4:3-7 

Divorce— Matt. 19:4-9; Rom. 7:3 

Women's Liberation— Gen. 2:18; I Cor. 14:34 

Nudity— I Tim. 2:9a 
There are many more temptations or attractions tli 
could be listed. There are also many more refereno 
that could be added to the list above. Use your bluepri 
for living to guide and help you in the choices you mi 
make in life. "Let the word of Chi-ist dweU in you, a 
whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the nfli 
of the Lord Jesus. Above all these things put on cliar 
and let the peace of God rule in your hearts." Colossia 
3:14ff (K.J.V.) This is LIFE! 


larch 24, 1973 


Pagfe Thirteen 

by Mrs. Gary Taska 


lote to Leader: Ask several girls to read the scrip- 
fires as you give the topic. 

In 1876 Alexander Graham BeU introduced the tele- 
|hone. What a marvelous thing the telephone is. You 

n use it for many reasons. You can call a store to 

der something you need; in case of emergency you 

,n call the police or fire departments for help; you 
call a friend to make plans for getting together or 

St to talk. The only trouble is sometimes the line is 

y or out-of-order and you can't get through! Or some- 

jmes even when you know you've dialed the right num- 

&r you get a wrong number and a strange voice 


In a matter of seconds or minutes you can make a 
^ to almoGt anywhere in the world. The President of 
le United Spates has a phone that he can use to be in 
luch almost instantly with another country. It is called 

"hot line." Do you know that if you're a Christian 
>u too have a "hot line?" It's a "hot line" to heaven! 

There are never any power failures or busy signals 
hen you're oalUng God. Read Isaiah 58:9 and Jeremiah 
):12. You can call God for anything and everything. 

Let's read what some are: 

Help— Psalm 50:14 Joel 2:32 

Desires — Psalm 37:4 

Needs— Matthew 7:7 Matthew 21:22 John 14:13 

Wisdom — James 1:5 

Help for a friend — James 5:16 

There are some rules to follow when we pray. In 
Hebrews 11:6 it says, "You can never please God without 
faith, without depending on Him. Anyone who wants 
to come to God must believe that there is a God and 
that He rewards those who sincerely look for Him." 
(Living Bible) In I John it says we receive what we 
ask of God because we keep His commandments. 

Prayer is not a matter of saying to God "gimme" this 
and "gimme" that, it is a way of talking to Him. In 
prayer we can thank God for all He does for us, we can 
tell Him that we love Him, we can ask Him to help us 
be better Christians and then we can ask Him for help 
either for ourself or for a friend. 

This is where we can share our faith through prayer. 
Learn to go to God in prayer for everything and then 
you can tell someone who needs help that you will pray 
for them. Tell them that God loves them and they can 
ask Him for help. 

Jesus gave us another rule about praying in John 
16:23-27. (Read it now) We are to pray "in Jesus' name" 
when we talk to God. That's why Jesus came to earth — 
that's what the Good News is all about. Jesus Christ 
came so we would have a way to reach God right now 
and forever. Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and 
the Life, no man cometh to the Father but by me." 
(John 14:6 KJV) 

As we try to reach others for Christ let's remember 
to call God often and ask Him to help us. If you keep 
in touch with Ck)d He will keep in touch with you. The 
line is always open — but you have to make the call. 


GIRLS : All of you who will be freshman at Ashland College in the fall 
of 1973 are elegible for a $150.00 Scholarship given by the National Sister- 
hood Society. The only thing we want you to do is fill out a simple applica- 
tion form which I will send to you if you will complete and return this 
small form to me by May 1, 1973. 








Sherry Barnhart, 123 Paula Drive, Germantown, Ohio 45327 

I'ag« Fourteen 

The Brethren Evangelist 

Faith kept POWs fit 


A nation rejoiced with tJiem this week as 143 
Prisoners of War i-etumed to their loved ones after 
release by North Vietnam in Hanoi. 

Air Force information officer Richard Abel, a Con- 
se.-vative Baptist, ended the POWs' first press confer- 
ence with Americans at Clark Air Force Base in the 
Philippines by quoting a senior officer aboard the 
plane: "I couldn't have made it if it wasn't for Jesus 
Christ, and being able to look up and see him in some 
of the trying times." 

Christianity Today's Ed Plowmain speculated that the 
"senior officer" referred to was Colonel Robinson 
Risner, 48, a fighter pilot shot down in 1966. Risner 
thanked President Nixon by phone on belialf of the 
POWs. The pilot was formerly a member of the Bethel 
Assembly of God church in Oklahoma City. He helped 
to organize religious services at the camp dubbed the 
"Hanoi Hilton." The prisoners chose George McNight, 
a Negro Methodist, as the prison camp's unofficial 

"There was at all times a desire to worship God," 
Maj. Norman McDaniel said. The 35year-old officer 
from Greensboro, N.C., stated at Clark Air Force Base 
that there were services "sometimes individually, some- 
times as a group and men drew strength from them. 
Many of the men knew verses from the Bible and as 
these were shared, we were able to compile a good 
knowledge of much of the Bible." 

Army Capt. Mark A. Smith, 26, Hawthorne, Calif., 
said he "spent my time preaching and became known 
as the preacher of the camp." 

President Nixon hailed the release of the first con- 
tingent of American GIs and, borrowing words from 
Abraham Lincoln, urged the nation to "mark this special 
Sunday (Feb. 11) with a prayer of thanks for all who 
have borne this battle — and made peace with honor 
possible." He urged the nation to "resolve anew to be 
worthy of the sacrifices they have made." 

Navy Lt. Comdr. Everett Alvarez, the first American 
flier shot down in the Vietnam war (Aug. 5, 1964), re- 
turned gaunt and unsmiling but exclaimed: "For years 
and years we've dreamed of this day and we kept faith 
— faith in God, in our President and our country. It 
was this faith that maintained our hope that some day 
our dreams would come true and today they have." 
(During the flier's SVi-year absence his wife divorced 

David Fite, a Southern Baptist missionary who spent 
four years in Castro's Cuba as a prisoner, said the home- 
coming POWs wiU be caught in a mind-dizzying culture 
shock . . . and will adjust only if their loved ones have 
love, patience and understanding. 


WHEATON, lU.— Dr. Wilmer N. Brown will become a 
full-time Western Representative of the World Relief 
Commission, overseas relief arm of the National Asso- 

ciation of Evangelicals (NAE), otn May 3, according to 
an announcement made jointly by Dr. BiUy A. Melvin, 
Executive Director of NAE, and Dr. Everett S. Graffam, 
Vice President of the relief agency. 

Dr. Brown presently serves as Pacific Regional Field 
Director of NAE, a position he has held for almost 19 
years. In the interim before May 3, Dr. Brown will be 
on loan from NAE, giving 75 percent of his time to 

This appointment is part of an expanding effort to 
bring to the evangelical churches of America the uin-. 
usual story of the way and extent that WRC is serving! 
as a channel of help and hope to thousands of people 
in lands touched by war or natural disaster. The World 
Relief Commission assisted some five million peopk 
during 1972 with goods and services valued at mort. 
than $2,500,000. In every area of service a gospel me.'; 
sage in printed or spoken form is presented. 

Dr. Melvin, commenting on Dr. Brown's api>ointment 
said, "Wilmer Brown is uniquely equipped for this re 
sponsibUity. He has seen first-iiand most of our relie 
projects in Asia and has extensive knowledge of th( 
evangelical churches on the West Coast. I am please( 
that we will still have his services within the NAI , 



WHEATON, lU.— "Loved, We WiU Love" is the themi 
of the 31st Annual Conventioin of the National Associil 
tion of Evangelicals, to convene at the Portland HiltonJ 
Portland, Oregon, May 1-3. 

Representatives of some 36,000 churches from 3 1 
member denominatioins, independent bodies and nume|| 
ous evangelical organizations wiU meet in devotioE 
workshop and business sessions. The 1973 then 
"Loved, We Will Love," based on I John 4:11 
Ephesians 5:2, depicts Christ's sacrificial love as 
motivation for Christians to demonstrate a ministry ^ 
love to a deprived world. 

Variations of the theme will be the focus of majd 
addresses during the three-day convention. Speaker] 
wiU include Dr. Lloyd T. Anderson, pastor of Beth 
Baptist Church, West Covina, California; Dr. Myron 1 
Boyd, bishop of the Free Methodist Church and pr 
dent of NAE; Dr. Dave Breeze, president of Christi 
Destiny, Inc.; the Rev. Stuart Briscoe, pastor of 
brook Church, Brookfield, Wisconsin; the Rev. B<|| 
Harrison, evangelist, San Francisco; the Rev. Ray Smit 
general superintendent of the Open Bible Standa^; 
Churches; and Dr. Clyde W. Taylor, general director i 
NAE and international secretary of the World Evaj 
gelical Fellowship. 

In seminar and workshop sessions, NAE's commJ 
sions and affiliates will provide practical help froj 
recognized authorities in the areas of evangelisi' 
higher education, missions, church extension, evangelic . 
action, laymen's work, social concern, radio and te 
vision, chaplaincy, world relief and youth. 

Eighty-two exhibitors from all phases of Christi 
ministry and service will be on hand to give delegai 
a firsthand look at new materials and developments 

March 24, 1973 

Page Fifteen 



IISTORY — The ravages of time and fire have made 
t most difficult to collect materiail for the history of 
he First Brethren Church of Gratis, Ohio. The writer 
s indebted to Mrs. Zella Marie Focht who researched 
he history for "Our Church Heritage," a history of 
he church printed in 1967. 

In early 1883 a smaU group of people, along with 
ninisters R. Z. Replogle and N. S. Worst, became 

interested in the progressive group of the German 
Baptist Church. This group asked Levi and Lorinda 
Barnhart to attend the Jime 6, 1883, organizajtional 
Convention held in Dayton, Ohio, some 25 mOes east. 
It is believed the charter was granted to the church in 
1884. (H. R. Holsinger says 1885, but the date in Mrs. 
Bamhairt's Bible says, 1884-1941). 

After holding services in various locations, a church 
ailding was begun in 1886 and dedicated in 1887. In 
)04 a special meeting was called to present plans for 
1 annex to the church costing $2873.00. Details of the 
-hiding and dedication are not available. 
The church was moving forward successfully when, 
1 April 9, 1915, a tragic fire struck the town of Gratis, 
id along with many other buUdings, the church was 

burned to the ground. The members, although stUl 
deeply in debt as a result of a remodeling project, 
banded together in faith to plan the ereotiom of a new 
concrete building. It took aU the money on hand, plus 
the insurance money, to clear the debt of the remodeUng, 
thus the new church was begun with an empty purse. 
The new building was dedicated on May 7, 1916, and is 
still our place of worship. 

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Exterior view of the church 

Page Sixteen 

The Brethren Evanarelist 

Brethren Church of Gratis offers its members and 
friends a full and well rounded program for involve' 
ment and training. A completely graded Sunday School, 
opportunities for worship and times for Bible Study 
and Prayer. The Worship services are enhanced by the 
contributions of both the Sr. Choir and a Junior Choir 
The church offers its youth a BYC program and e 
Sisterhood for the girls. The adults have oppor:unitj 
for furthe; service through a WMS and laymen fellow 
sliip. The members and friends of the church are kep' 
info;Tned of news^of the church through the monthlj 
mailing of "The Gratis Lamplighter." 

The present membership of the congregation is 126 
Tliis number is fairly evenly divided between youtl 
and adults. 

Exterior vieiv of the church 

Since that time many fine improvements have been 
made to the House of Worship. Carpet was added, the 
sanctuarj' has been redecorated, the exterior surface 
has been refinished, along with other smaller improve- 
ments, all to keep it an attractive place in which to 
worship our Uving Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

On October 17, 1971, groundbreaking was held for 
the construction of a much needed Christian Education 
facUity. This new addition was dedicated on Nov. 5, 
1972. We praise tlie Lord for His presence and guidance 
over the years of this history, and we are aware that 
history is His Story. 

The Official Board members are: (1. to r. row 1 
Ruth Focht, Edith Hileman, Ruth Buehner, Dorotli 
Brubaker; (row 2) Gene Roberts, Bill Reynold 
Norman Michael, Roy Buehner; (row 3) Wallai 
Michael, Clyde Focht, VirgQ Barnhart, Pastor Wall 
Absent — Jack Brown and Kenneth Smith. 

The Deacon Board (1. to r.) Roy Buehner, Joy 
Michael, Ruth Buehner, Lois Barnhart, Virgil Barnhai 
Roxie Flory, Ruth Focht, Clyde Focht, Wallace Michai; 
Absent — Willard Andrews. 


March 24, 1973 

Page Seventeen 

The Gratis Senior Clioir adds much inspiration to 
le worship services and is often asl<ed to sing at other 
ommunity events. The members pictured (1. to r. row 
Melanie Stanze, Debbie Stanze, Lucille Brandenburg, 
>orothy Bru baker, Karen Ward (Pianist) and Anita 
[obley (Director); (row 2) Sherry Barnhart, Joyce 
[iohael, Marjorie Schilling, Lois Barnhart and Sharon 
/■alk; (row 3) Don Morrow, Virgil Barnhart and Don 
tanze. Absent were Paula Jordan, Jim Kiracofe, Dana 
Jhnson, Pastor Walk, and Sherry Morrow. 

Pastors who have served the 
Rev. Ed Mason 
Rev. Thompson 
Rev. J. M. Tombaugh 
Rev. Cober 
Rev. Martin Shively 
Rev. Josiah Keim 
Rev. J. C. Mackey 
Rev. J. L. Kimmel 
Rev. John Knepper 
Rev. George H. Jones 
Rev. Beekley 
Rev. Roy Brumbaugh 
Rev. J. A. Mclnturff 
Rev. O. C. Stam 
Rev. Wm. H. Beachler 
Rev. Freeman Ankrum 
Rev. A. E. Whitted 
Rev. Virgil Meyer 
Rev. J. Edgar Berkshire 
Rev. WiUiam S. Crick 
Rev. Myron Dodds 
Rev. John F. Burton 
Rev. Arthur Tinkel 
Rev. Thomas A. Schultz 
Rev. Percy Miller 
Rev. William D. Walk 

Gratis Church: 


The Pastor of the Gratis Brethren Church is William 
Walk. Pastor Walk was bom in Johnstown, Pa., in 1942, 
the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Walk, members of the 
Vinoo Brethren Church. He is a graduate of Ashland 
College and Seminary. He is married to Sharon Eber- 
sole, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Ebersole, mem- 
bers of the SmithviUe Brethren Church. They have one 
son, Steven, bom Jan. 10, 1970. The Walks have been 
serving the Gratis Church since their graduation in 
June, 1969, and served the Glenford Brethren Church 
from 1966-1969. 

Pastor Walk has been active in his few years in the 
ministry. He is presently Secretary of the General Con- 
ference Executive Committee, serves on the Ohio Dis- 
trict Board of Christian Education, is the ministerial 
advisor for the Miami Valley BYC, past president oi 
the Ohio District Ministerial Association, and is in- 
volved in the program of Camp Bethany. 

The pictures were taken by Mr. Fred Roberts. 

Page Elg^hteen 

The Brethren Evangelist 





by Frank W. Allei 

Mr. Allen is director of the Far Eastern Gospel 
Cnisade in the Philippines, where he first began 
his missionary service in 1952. He has %vorked 
in evangelism arid education miJiistries and tvas 
president of Far Eastern Bible Institute and 
Seminary. He holds master's degrees from the 
University of Michigan and Winona Lake School 
of Theology. 

At various times we have been asked if we are pre- 
pared to receive missionaries who wish to "do their 
thing." The answer would be an unequivocal yes, if we 
cx>uld assume that one's "own thing" was the exercise 
of his spiritual gifts and was consistent with the pro- 
gram of God, i.e., the building of His church. For we 
cannot talk of national leadership and missionary 
preparation outside the context of the church. The con- 
tinual emergence of national leadership, together with 
the growth and ever-increasing maturity of the church, 
emphasize the fact that the role of the missionary is 
no longer static. 

Future missionaries, then, must be trained not merely 
to plant churches, but to do so in conjunction with the 
national church. 

The subject of national leadership is as broad as thi 
church of Jesus Christ. It would be a much simple 
task to train men and women for overseas work if wi 
were dealing with only one culture. Obviously this 
not the case, for within one country several culture 
exist. Even within a given culture there are usuali 
sub-cultures and various socio-economic levels. Ea(J 
of these present particular problems in the developmei/ 
of national leadership. 

The complexity of leadership training by Westei> 
missionaries is emphasized in The Overseas America! 
"By far the largest proportion of Americans who grajl 
uate from the institutions of higher learning do 
without even meeting a civilization differently pil 
terned from their own."' 

This pattern is a tremendously variegated one. In ■ 
levels of society there is an indigenous leadersM 
Unless the observation skills of an individual have be* 
sharpened, this important facet of a strange (to u( 
culture may be entirely missed. Leadership exists 
the lower levels of primitive society. Somewhei"e hidd 
within the complexities of these simple "pagan" 
munities is a hierarchial structure. The missionary nn< 
be prepared to recognize this structure and see it 
verted and sanctified to the building of the church I 
Christ. This means that along with the development! 
spiritual gifts and insights, preparation for such woj 
must include the development of specific skills. 

The authors of The Overseas American suggest tlj 
training of Westerners for service abix>ad should ^ 
elude a solid basis in the liberal arts, including foP 
languages, professional training in a subject ma^ 
field, special linguistic skills, and immediate orientatl 

[arch 24, 1973 

Page Nineteen 

) the particular job to be done abroad. "If the U.S is 
srious about making sure of first-rate representation 
broad, in private as well as public enterprises, there 
mst be a conscious effort to build into the education 
ystem at each of these steps the kind of education and 
pirit that make for success in work abroad. "^ 

At this point a two-fold deficiency may be observed, 
'he first is in the Bible college where this type of train- 
ig is either not obtainable or where it is unattractive. 
he comments from students on our campuses about 
lission courses are quite revealing. Two phrases most 
ften heard about courses in the missions department 
re "mickey mouse" and rinky dink." This should speak 
)ud and clear to some of us. If missions is a live option 
)day, and we believe it is, this department in many 
:hools should undergo a complete overhaul. At least 
vo things should be said here: first, the student must 
3e that the administration and faculty believe in 
lissions. This cannot be portrayed by a mere tacit 
cquiescence on the part of administrators and teachers. 
; must be demonstrated. Second, faculty in the mis- 
ions department must be experienced competent men. 

The second deficiency can be placed at the doO'P of 
lission organizations. For too long we have been satls- 
ed with the procurement of "warm bodies" whether 

' not there is commensurate experience and abUity. 

In most cultures other than our own, the elder is 
jspected and recognized. It is these men, bom again 
iC the Spirit of God, who are going to be the leaders 

I the emerging church. To ask a young, untried, inex- 
;rienced Bible college graduate to develop these men 
to church leaders is to place a tremendous respon- 
" ility upon young shoulders. Although these new con- 
Tts may be recently from a pagan religion and mem- 
rs of a primitive society, they are neither immature, 
jexperienced, nor ignorant in the ways of leadership. 
Jesus developed leadership in a somewhat similar 
though admittedly different) context. Those whom 
caUed to become "fishers of men" (Mk. 1:17) and 
on whom the church was to be built (Eph. 2:20) were 
er described as "ignorant and unlearned men" (un- 
«uoated nonprofessionals). Yet Jesus walked among 
jem not in the superiority of his divinity, but in the 
imility of his manhood as a man among men and a 
.■jrvant of all (Mk 10:45). Our colleges are so dom- 
iited by the success orientation of a secular society 
)at we can only think in terms of training leaders, 
'hen these neophyte leaders reach the field, they are 
ifaost totally unprepared to recognize and accept the 
litural leadership that is already being exercised. 
(This is accentuated as we move from the primitive 
scieties in the more advanced. In the rural areas are 
t be found semi-literate and literate communities, 
'iere are to be found the merchants, school teachers, 
1-al government officieds, and perhaps a few doctors 
s'd lawyers. Here, the young missionary discovers a 
\iole new ball game. In many of these areas the 
conial mentality hEis almost totally disappeared. The 
f'Ssionary is no longer accepted merely because he is 
a-Westerner. He must win his place to train national 
1 ders. Barriers and suspicions must in many cases 
t: broken down. He is constantly called upon to prove 
1 his life that his message is not only true, but work- 
e and relevant. Respect must be earned by a patient 
nility. Classroom theory must be put to work in an 
Jgether different frame of reference. The Scriptures 

which are universal and supra-cultural, nevertheless 
must be taught within the framework of a culture other 
than one's own. As the missionary learns to appreciate 
the cultural variables, his messages begins to take 
effect in the lives of men. 

Moving into an urban situation merely increases the 
problems already mentioned. Here the missionary is 
called upon to minister to a total cross-section of 
society. For the first time he may meet people who are 
not only unresponsive but who are articulate in defend- 
ing a totally different ideology. In addition, converts 
range along the whole socio-economic spectrum. Here, 
too, the level of education will range from the semi- 
literate to the college graduate to the astute and 
sophisticated businessman and the professional. The 
sociological problems alone are staggering. But within 
this context the young missionary is asked to develop 
national leadership — something he has never done even 
in his own culture. Does he have a rich store of theo- 
retical, practical and church-oriented background to 
draw from? Only if his pi^paration has been sufficient. 

I would recommend for .vour reading at least the 
first three chapters of Education for Ministi-y by Charles 
R. Fielding. 3 Although this book is written from the 
ctandfwint of the seminary, much of it is applicable for 
those who minister in Bible colleges. 

Let me quote a few lines to give some indication why 
our young men face grave difficulties in training 
national leaders. 

"The best possible contribution to practical education 
is sound and well-tested theory to which must be added 
the ability to fomilulate new theiOiTies and test them 
(emphasis mine). . . 

"We who teach in seminaries sometimes need to be 
cut down to size. We talk too much about what we are 
trying to teach and pay too little attention to how 
students learn. . . 

"Ministers discover that they lack the training to give 
leadership when older forms give way and radical ques- 
tioning begins. The seminary did not prepare them for 
this. . . 

"The prolonged and detailed study of Palestine in 
biblical times, coupled with the study of Europe and 
Britain in the sixteenth century or the American frontier 
later may be insisted upon to tlie virtual exchision of 
the liere and now (emphasis mine). As an angry senior 
student in one seminary said, "They are more interested 
in Martin Luther around here than in Jesus Christ." 

Of course, all training of national leaders is not done 
on the local or grass rocrts level. A good deal of this 
development is taking place within the structure of the 
formal educational institution and, more recently, 
thriough the extension comcept of theological education. 
However, too often we i^eproduce after our kind. A large 
percentage of those who come out of our formal insti- 
tutions seem to find their way into other institutions. 
Part of the reason for this lies in our lack of a church- 
oriented program of preparation. Few of the men serv- 
ing on our faculties have had a church-related ministry 
themselves. Many of them were "professional students" 
with little experience in the local church and no experi- 
ence outside the context of the Christian service de- 
partment while they were students. Applications to mis- 
sions boards too often show the following levels of prac- 
tical experience: DVBS, Sunday school teacher, camp 

{continued on next page) 

Pagre Twenty 

The Bretliren Evaiigelisi 

work, hospital visitation, jail and prison work, etc. 
These are not to be disparaged. \Vlxat is usually lacking 
is any significant experience within the local church. 
Yet we expect these men to go overseas, learn a strange 
language, integrate, into a foreign culture and then 
train national church leaders either on a local level or 
within the institutional setting. 

We praise God for what many of our young men are 
doing overseas, but could not more be accomplished if 

they were better trained for their profession? Perhaps 
we need better communication and cooperation betweer 
mission agencies and schools in the U.S. More could b< 
done in faculty exchange programs, the encouragemen 
of overseas work for faculty and students, the use o 
sharp furlough missioniEiries in missions department 
and the elevation of the level of the Student Foreigi 
Missions Fellowship program. 

Bible colleges have contributed much to missions an 
can continue to do so as they relate to the church worlf 
wide and continue to produce spiritually gifted me 
anid women who have been trained to relate to the cor 
stcintly changing world scene. 

1 The Overseas American, by H. Cleveland, C 
Mangore and J.C. Adams (New York: McGraw-Hil 
1960), p. 199. 

ilbid., p. 192. 

3 Education for Ministry, by Charles R. Fieldin 
(Dayton, Ohio: American Association of Theologia 
Schools, 1966). 

Reprinted by permission from the "Evangelicc 
Missions Quarterly" published by the Evangelicc 
Missions Infor'tnation Service. 


by Juan Carios Mirand 

Last year I wrote concerning the challenge of World 
Missions. Now, eight thousand miles away from the 
United States, I feel we can write about the Glory of 
World Missions because we are right in the middle of 

We have just finished, at the Bible Institute, the first 
and most wonderful, glorious Youth Week we have ever 
seen. Young people from adolescent to university age, 
gathered around the Word of God. Wliether it was in 
the chapel or by the camp-fire, there wei-e decisions 
being made that wiU account for our church leaders 
of the future. 

This is the Glor>' of World Missions, to see Ck)d in 
action. His mighty power is at work and wliat was 
a challenge a year ago (at least for us) today is 
glorious reality. 

As always, there is a problem ... we wish you could 
have been here to see it with us. You aren't here, but 
we are happy to share it with you through the Brethren 

You can pray, you can give, you can work for mis- 
.sions. You are the stock and share holders of World 
Missions. Some of us have been selected to go and carry 
the work foinvard, but this cannot be done without your 
prayers and your support. Therefore you should also 
share in rejoicing with us in what the Lord is doing. 

World Missions are on the move. God is at work ai 
for this we are thankful. If we just let our Lord woi 
in our churches, our young people will multiply a'^ 
grow . . . this is another wonderful experience as o ' 
young people are multiplying. They have left the pri 
ciples of addition to begin multiplying. Young peop 
are bringing some and these are bringing others 
the machinery is in motion and God is workii 

The catupiis of the Eden Bible histituti 



«arch 24, 1973 

Pag« Twenty-one 

The time has eo'me when we will see the moving of 
he Spirit in our churches and the young will go to 
he front. Probably not in the way or through the 
neans that have worked in our day but with the power 
>f His Spirit. Let us pray for this vision for the young 
people in the States so that there will be missionaries 
eady to go, as soon as the doors are opened. 
I am sure that our Missionary Board is looking for 
Biose that will go to the old and the new fields. If the 
Lord calls some of you, please do not delay in answer- 
rig the call. We need more participants in the glory of 
jVorld Missions. Today is the day of opportunity. The 
wrd has called us to serve Him always. How can we 
io less? 

Heaven came down and glory filled my soul. 

When at the cross the Savior made me whole 

My sins were washed away and my night was 
turned to day 

Heaven came down amd glory filled my soul. 


A Home Minion Ministri/ in St. Pelersbiirg, Florida 

Phil & Jean bnch 7^^ 
Bonnie Manson Vv - ^ - 


As the children entered Brethren House Sunday 

lorning we greeted them, then directed: 

"Leave your coats on. We want you to see some- 
thing in the shed." 

So Pastor Lersoh led them out the back dooir into 

,ie darkened storage shed where he pointed out the 

fx)jected slide of a bright star moving across the sky. 

aklng the role of an eastern astrologer, he explained 

' his listeners in this manner: 

"We've been studying the stars and have discovered 
a new one that is very bright. The Jewish people 
living here have been looking for a king who will 
come and when he comes, a star will announce 
where he is. I think this is that special star. We'd 

I better pack our camels and begin our search." 

I So the Magi (the morning's pupils, working in teams 
two) came back inside Brethren House and began 
eir long journey, stopping for the following activities 
cated in different corners of B. H.: 

(1) Answering questions about the Wise Men, by 
consulting Matthew, chapter 2, in the Good 
News for Modern Man. 

(2) Selecting Christmas cards which give correct 
information about the number of Wise Men 
and in what kind of a structure they found 
the boy Jesus. 

(3) Listening to a tape-recorded story with head- 
sets, while following the words and pictures in 
the book. 

(4) Watching the moving pictures of a Show'n 
Tell viewer and listening to the narration on 
record, with earphones. 

(5) Consuming refreshments (Ritz crackers and 
orange juice) at the Wayside Inn — a necessity 
for such a long journey. 

(6) Constructing a map of the Wise Men's probable 
journey, complete with sand and glue for the 
Arabian desert. 

AU of these activities centered around the account of 
the Magi seeking the "Desire of Nations." 

At 11:30 Pastor Lersch led the group of Magi through 
the whole sequence of events, emphasizing the length 
and time of the journey and the significance of the 



( — or — Sign up Now!) 

"SPECIAL ACTIVITIES" DAY (—or— Sign up Now!) 

Thursday afternoon has been set aside for "SPECIAL 
ACTIVITIES" after school at Brethren House. This 
caused some excitement as the announcement was put 
up outside on the schedule. A sign-up sheet was quickly 
fiUed with the names of the curious. 

Each Thursday six children, who have signed up 
previously, are chosen to come to Brethren House to 
work on a special activity with PhU and me. This has 
taken many forms: simply game-playing and learning 
new games; writing and illustrating a book; designing 
and creating the animals and figures for The Stable in 
our Christmas preparation, and others. 

As far as the kids are concerned, it is a privileged 
opportunity to be in Brethren House and work on "fun" 
things without the noise and "crowdedness" of Tuesday 
and Wednesday afternoons. 

As far as we are concerned, it is an opportunity to 
work with a smaU group on some unique projects that 
cannot be done in a large group. It also provides that 
rare opportunity to get to know the children better and 
to be able to talk with them quietly. 

Though this closed our doors to the whole neighbor- 
hood for one of the afternoons we were originally open, 
we feel the time is better spent with a few at a time 
where we can accomplish some specific goals. 


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The Brethren Evang^ells 


by Michael Griffin 

In evaluating this book it is important to understand 
from the beginning the author's purpose and objective 
in writing it. It is designed for those who are active and 
fruitful in the Lord's service in such areas as youtli 
and student work. It is, he adds, "for those who believe 
that the Lord is calling them . . . and are willing to go 
if the churches should send them, but do not know 
whether they are still needed, or how they should pre- 
pare themselves or what positive steps they should take 
next." (p 12) 

The author begins by taking a look at the problem 
which frequently troubles young people — the call. He 
asserts that the present system of recruitment depends 
too heavily on the subjective conviction of the individual 
about his service. It needs to be balanced by a greater 
degree of involvement by the church in the recruitment 
and sending process. 

"In my view," the author says, "the chief practical 
drawback of our present system is that the candidate 
committees are restricted to those who actually volun- 
teer. The need may be for differently gifted workers, or 
more experienced ones. If volunteers with the required 
qualifications are not forthcoming, the committees wiU 
have to make the best possible use of those who do offer. 
The churches may contain many who have exactly the 
gifts and experience required, but if they do not volun- 
teer, under the present system they are not available." 
(p 15) 

"The whole church has a missionary calling and thus 
the whole congregation in the New Testament is in- 
volved in 'caUing' missionaries," he maintains, (p 19) 

He sees the church's involvement as an "objective 
recognition" of a subjective call from God which the 
individual has experienced. 

The other nine chapters constitute a wide-ranging, 
folksy discussion of practical matters that interest a 
young person giving thought to the possibility of ser- 
vice overseas. Being a very brief survey of so many 
topics, the book gives a rather elementary summary 
of each subject. 

The book warns against being satisfied with ju 
establishing "beachheads" without consideration of he 
vast populations will be reached in countries whe 
small autonomous churches exist but are not copii 
with evangelization of the nation. In this connectii 
the book suggests that "the job that most needs doii 
nearly everywhere, then, is starting new congregation: 
(p 44) 

The book maintains that there is much work to 
done and personnel is still needed to accomplish the ta 
It recognizes that missionary activity should ba "inti 
national" in scope, and not unilateral. "Missions is t 
method by which the churches of the world are alwa 
mobilizing their most effective workers and sendi ^ 
them to the growing edges and the problem spots 
the world," it says, (p 35) 

The book gives consideration to such practii 
matters as qualifications, training, culture and co, 
munlcations, marriage, size of family, and raisi 
support. It should be very useful to young adults w; 
are seeking guidance about possible missionary servi . 

Revie7ved by Wade T. Coggins, Assocv.\ 
director of the Evangelical Foreign Missio 
Association, Washington, D.C. and reprinted 
permission from the "Evangelical Missions Qva\ 
terly" published by the Evangelical Missici 
Information Service. 

Mr. Coggins is associate director of the 
Evangelical Foreign Missions Associa- 
tion, Washington, D.C. 

(Give Up Your Small Ambitions, by Michael Griffii|| 
London: Inter-Varsity Press. 158 pp.) 

"Reprinted by permission from the 

Evangelical Missions Quarterly" 

pubUshed by the 

Evangelical Missions Information Service. 

Warch 34, 1973 

Pag« Twenty-three 


Key 73 Is engaged in spiritual warfare, The stakes 
are high. Every personal confrontation won will mean 
mother soul in the Kingdom. Every confrontation 
missed or lost could mean another soul left on Satan's 
3;sh heap. 

! Job knew about ash heaps. "So went Satan forth 
ifrom the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with 
iore boils from the sole of his foot uinto his crown. And 
le took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and 
le sat down among the ashes" (Job 2:7-80). 

Job, though, knew and was faithful to the God who 
jventually drew him from his ash-heap existence and 
gave him victory and blessing. But miUions today are 
utting among the ashes without any faith or hope. To 
hese, Key 73 reaches with compassion and God's grace. 


Just as Job was deliberately smitten by Satan, 
wentieth-century civilization — ^the whole man-made 
■ulture — ^has been smitten and lies in cold ashes. There 
;eems hardly a spark or coal which can be fanned back 
the original flame of meaningful relationship between 

Fear of physical assault or loss of possessions grips 
he heart of every citizen in so'me fasiiion. Crime and 
lefiance of law go beyond the limits of individual free- 
■lom. Decency cowers before blatant pornographic 
ictivities and materials. Standards of morality lie in 
'he ashes of relativity. Each stirring of the ash heap 
■.tiffles the nostrils and chokes the breath. Can anyone 
;ive beauty in exchange for these ashes? (Isaiah 61:3). 

The ash heap is of concern to many. Suggestions for 
ts elimination are plentiful. But like misguided health 
nspectors, proponents merely paint the pump handle 
vithout improving the water. 

We must change men in order to change society, 
'/linor changes may be made in the veneer, but the 
Necessary change must begin within — with supernatural 
■ssistance. Only then can the New Testament principle 

f a complete change of life, within and without, be 
ealized: "Therefore any man be in Christ, he is a new 

reature: old things are passed away; behold all things 

re become new" (2 Corinthians 5:17). 


Classical mytholo'gy includes the story of the phoenix, 
he fabulous Egyptian bird which lived 500 years and 
,hen died by "nesting" on a pUe of burning wood. Out 
f the ashes was born the young phoenix which re- 
eated the same life cycle. 

The new life which comes with salvation is much 
le same. There is nothing to salvage of the old, noth- 
ig to be created from it. But out of it, through the 
eath £ind resurrection of Christ, can rise all things 
ew. It is this newness of Ufe to which Key 73 calls the 
forth American continent. 

, The Key 73 evangelistic thrust is now hailf over. We 
ihould by now understand our task: to call our oon- 
nent to Christ. We have prayed for guidance and 
ower. We have committed ourselves to our mission. We 

have distributed Scripture portions and studied the 
Word which presents Jesus Christ as Saviour. Initial 
witnessing and outreacli efforts have begun. 

But what has been done so far is just a beginning. To 
reach every person in North America with the gospel 
and a personal invitation to accept Christ will take more 
than a week or a month of serious evangelism. It will 
require intense witnessing for the remainder of 1973. 

So it is that Phase Four turns its attention to spon- 
taneous evangelism. Wherever Christians meet non- 
Christians, spontaneous evangelism bursts forth. 
Summer, more than any other time of the year, offers 
opportunities for creative wdtnessing. 

Traditianal forms of evangelism sUU work. But new 
forms may be even more effective in spreading the 
changeless gospel. Our mobile and vacation-oriented 
population, our increasingly transient culture, and our 
extensive youth and ethnic cultures all offer exciting 
possibilities of evangelism. 

National Park Service ministries, beach ministries, 
evangelism in camping areas, evangelism with organ- 
ized travel tours, ministry to drug abusers and run- 
aways, and traveltoiig teams of Christian folk singers 
are aU suggested forms of summer witnessing. The 
possibilities are as varied as the number of dedicated 
Christians who seek meaningful ways of sharing their 

Christians witness can also be shared through the 
arts. Some local groups wUl sponsor art and music 
festivals which wiU provide opportunities for witnessing. 
Evangelism through drama seems as yet untapped as 
a means of calling our continent to new Ufe. 

No matter what the setting, spontaneous evangeUsm 
lets others see Christ in us and hear Christ from us. 
It is a life of living out Christ. 


Like the three-legged stool, effective Christian, wit- 
ness needs three supports: life, lips, and love. Without 
any one, the message is incomplete. Evangelism without 
a life to back it up is fruitless; what you are speaks 
louder than your lips. A silent witness is Uke television 
without sound; the observer is not quite aware of what 
is going on. And love is the test of all telling; without it, 
life and lips are barren. 

Witness through life, lips, and love will see results. 
Men wiU be called from the ash heap of society to a 
new life. Their lives will trade ashes for the beauty of 
God's holiness. 

That new life is exciting. It brings freedom from 
sin, fellowship with God and His children, and faitliful 
service. New life begets new life. Call your friends, call 
your neighbors, call your community, call your con- 
tinent to Christ and new life. 

Other sugg-estions for spontaneous evangelism can be 
found in the Key 73 Congregational Resource Book, 
available from Key 73, 418 Olive Street, St. Louis, 
Missouri 63102; price $3.00. 


Page Twenty-four 

The Brethren Evangelist i 


LAUSANNE, Switzerland. — Bishop A. Jack Dain, Execu- 
tive Chairman of the International Congress on World 
Evangelization, has announced the appointment of 
senior staff who wUl join the Congress Director, Dr. 
Donald Hoke, in Congress planning. 

Paul E. Little is Assistant to the President of the 
Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship and has been second- 
ed to the Congress staff as Associate Director for 
Program. In addition to his activities with Inter-Varsity, 
Mr. Little serves as Associate Professor of Evangelism 
in the School of World Mission at Trinity Evangelical 
Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois. Mr. Little has spoken 
on more than 200 campuses in the U.S., Canada, Latin 
America, Europe and Africa. He pioneered Inter- 
Varsity's evangelistic beach activity during Easter vaca- 
tion in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. His best selling books. 
How to Give Away Your Faith, and Know Why You 
Believe have been translated into several languages. 
His latest book is Know What You Believe. Mr. Little 
served as a weekly columnist for the Sunday School 
Times and Power in Life. His articles have appeared in 
Eternity, Moody Monthly, Decision, HIS and other lead- 
ing religious periodicals. In 1957-58 Mr. Little spent 
seven months with tlie Billy Graham Evangelistic Asso- 
ciation heading up the student phase of the New York 
and San Francisco Crusades. The program developed 
then set the pattern for the outreach to college and 
university students in succeeding crusades. 

Victor B. Nelson, who is a senior staff member of the 
BiUy Graham Evangelistic Association, has been 
appointed Associate Director for Participants. Dr. 
Nelson is no stranger to Congress organization. He was 
assistant co-ordinating Director of the 1966 Berlin 
Congress and Director of the European Congress in 


1971. Since he joined the BiUy Graham Evangelistic 
Association in 1960 he has had wide experietnce in cru- 
sade preparation and spiritual counseUing. Dr. Nelson 
will work from Atlanta, U. S. A. 

Wai-wick Olson is at present Director of the Anglican 
Information and Public Relations Office in Sydney andi 
originator of the Anglican Press Service in Australia. 
He has been appointed Director of Communications for 
the Congress. During 1972 Mr. Olson was media con- 
sultant for the Planning Committee of the Congress. 
Mr. Olson will conclude seven year's service with the 
Anglican Diocese of Sydney at the end of March and 
move with his family to Lausanne. His work will include 
planning and setting up of press, radio and television 
arrangements and general media coverage for the 

Bishop Dain has also announced the appointment ol 
two assistants to the Congress Director. They are Mr 
Werner Tobler (administration) and Mr. David Tani 
(travel). Most staff members wUl be working out of a 
Congress office which is to be located in Lausanne 
Switzerland. The Congress wiU be held in Lausanne 
July 16-25, 1974. 


Warwick Olson 


Telephone (Sydney) 26 2371 
(after hours) 871 39U2 

FRANCE George Clark Telephone (Paris) 225 805 A 

GREAT BRITAIN Maurice Rowlandson 

Telephone (London) 01-267 0065 
Jean Wilson Telephone (London) 01-267 0065 

JAPAN Donald Hoke Telephone (Tokyo) 0^25 72 2131 

UNITED STATES Don Bailey Telephone (Atlanta) 404 786 5221 

larch 24, 1973 

Page Twenty-five 



I saw the needless loss of life 
Across the front page news. 
Could I, perhaps, in some small way 
My meager talent use? 

I asked the Lord, one night, in pray'r, 
"Please tell how I might serve." 
That's why you see my warning sign 
When rounding that sharp curve. 

I'm painting signs by thousands now 
To help folks on their way. 
I trust that some behind the wheel 
Pay heed to what they say. 

I'll never know the number of 
Those saved from death's grim toU, 
But now I pray for words, that I 
Might help to save the soul. 

Norman MePherson 

Oh, I could write a book about 
The things God's done for me. 
I don't know why; I only know 
I'm grateful as can be. 

Norman MePherson 


Don't look way ahead 
For a chance to do good; 
You'U find it at home 
In your own neighborhood. 

Perhaps there's a neighbor 
Who needs a kind word, 
When he feels by the world, 
He is not understood. 

Thus someone quite near you 
May long for a smile 
To help him to tread 
The last weary mile. 

There's always a chance 

If you look for it here 
To scatter some sunshine 
That will bring others cheer. 

Edythe Ebbinghouse 


"The Bible among books is what Christ 
is among men." 

Christians who did the most for the 
present world were those who thought 
most of the next. 

C. S. Lewis 

A mudsUnger might not hit his target, 
buit he is sure to get his hands dirty 

HAS ANY MAN ever attained to inner 
harmony by pondering the experience of 
others? Not since the world began! He 
must pass through the fire. 

The more you accomplish, the more 
resistance you must overcome. 

It seems to me that people who admit 
they're wrong get a lot farther than 
people who prove they're right. 

Pa^ Twenty-six 

The Brethren Evangelisi 



Last year's BYC Convention was, without question, 
the most orderly and effective that we liave had in 
recent years. We are sure that most of the credit is 
due to the fact that local BYC's made a greater effort 
to send responsible delegates than ever before. Below is 
listed the information relating to group registration and 
Convention procedures. Please read them and share 
them as widely as possible with the youth and probable 
sponsors. If you have questions, please feel free to 
contact me about them. Further information wOl be 
issued to you by direct maU and in "The Evangelist" 
as it becomes available. 


Minimum age for delegates is completion of the 71 
grade in 1973. Each local BYC will be allowed one .juni< 
high or high school age delegate for every five (•' 
registered BYC members or any part thereof. '■ 
addition, registered college age persons (through 2! 
may register as at-large delegates. All registen 
National BYC Council members will receive at-lar) 
delegaite credentials. , 

[arch 24, 1973 

Page Twenty-seven 


Only those groups whose membersihip has'been reg- 
stered with the National BCE Office are eligible to send 
elegates to the National BYC Convention. AH potential 
elegates must be registered with the BCE Office by 
[ay 30, 1973. About June 1, the appropriate number 
f junior high/high school delegates credentials will 
e sent to the local church by the BCE Office. Upon 
iceipt of these credentials, the local group is encour- 
^ed to elect their delegates. Registered college stu- 
ants will receive at-large credenticils upon request 
hey will be sent to their home address) until August 
, All questions relating to credentials will be referred 
> the Credential Committee. 

: Delegates having completed grades 7-12 must have 
1 adult sponsor (LIMIT: 6 youth/sponsor!). Delegates 
lUst live in convention facilities unless living with 
imily or sponsor in approved housing. Commuters 
Ang at home are excepted. All delegates will be re- 
jired to abide by the rules of conduct adopted by the 
ational BYC Council and the Board of Christian Edu- 
tion. The BYC Constitution and Bylaws will be the 
andard for conduct of business. Delegates shall parti- 
^ate in all program activities — except in special cases 
hen clearance is received from convention officials, 
eport forms will be given to each delegate for a report 
his local group. Christian conduct will be expected; 
■viations may result in dismissal from the convention, 
slegates must wear name tags to :all business meetings. 

Any National BYC Council member has the author- 
/ to issue a warning to a delegate or alternate and 
>tify his sponsor for breaking these rules. Council 
embers will have the respKjnsibility of checking on 
peated absences by delegates. In extreme cases, dele- 
tes who are habitually absent or unruly may be 
;nit home. 

Upon arrival at the dormitory, the following pro- 
liures will be in effect: 
I AU youth (ages 9-22) will be required to go to the 

BYC registration table in the dormitory lounge 

before checking into their room. 

(2) At this table, each person wiU: 

(A) Pay the $5.00 registration fee after sihowing 
his valid 1972-73 BYC Membership Card. 

(B) Have his sponsor sign the receipt — IN 

(C) Present the receipt to the dormitory desk for 
room assignment. Note: No rooms will be 
assigned to persons under 18 years unless a 
sponsor has signed the receipt. 


Youths who are not delegates representing their local 
group may attend any part of the Convention if they 
are registered as members of the National Brethren 
Youth Crusader organization. The same behavior is 
expected of non-delegates as delegates. 

Membership in National BYC lasts from September 1 
through August each year. There are several advantages 
to registering: (1) it provides the BCE with a mailing 
list for direct communication with local youth and 
college students; (2) each member receives Morning 
Star, the National BYC newspaper; (3) it gives local 
groups and college students a sense of being a part 
of the larger movement and lessens the isolationist or 
"inward only" attitude; and (4) only individuals reg- 
istered prior to May 30, 1973 are eligible for partici- 
pation in the National BYC Convention. 

Local BYC groups wishing to register must submit 
for each member: (1) name, (2) address, (3) college 
address — where applicable, (4) year in school, (5) group 
(junior, junior high, senior, combined, and (6) one 
dollar. Registration forms are available upon request. 

College students who have not registered with their 
local BYC may register at-leu~ge by submitting the same 

Membership cards will be issued as soon as possible 
after receiving i^gistrations. 

Following is a list of registered BYC groups. If yours 
is among the uninvolved, please urge them to attend 
to this matter within the near future. 

Thank you for your interest and concern in this 






Page Twenty-eight 

The Brethren Evangelist 



Churches Witli Registereil 
BYC members — 

No. Registered* 

Churches With No 

Registered BYC Members 










Cedar Falls 

Waterloo— 28 

Cerro Gordo 





(St. Petersburg—!)* 

Sarasota — 34 



Ardmore — 34 


Bryan— 24 


County Line— 22 

Elkhart Fu-st 

Ft. Wayne— 7 


Goshen— 12 


Jefferson — 35 

North Liberty 

Milford— 13 

Nappanee — 29 

New Paris — 15 

South Bend— 13 

Teegarden — 17 

Warsaw — 31 

Winding Waters — 13 



Burlington— 27 


Center Chapel— 10 


College Corner— 28 


Loree— 16 


(Tiosa— 2)* 


North Manchester — 24 


Oakville— 25 


Peru— 12 


Roann — 38 


(Roanoke— D* 



Cheyenne — 3 

Falls City 
Ft. Scott 


Columbus — 9 


Dayton— 13 

Gratis— 13 

Gretna— 11 

New Lebanon — 29 

Pleasant Hill— 14 

West Alexandria — 56 

Ashland Park St.— 32 
Canton — 8 
(Massillon — 2) 
SmithviUe— 12 


Cameron — 10 
Fairless HiUs- 

Levittown — 18 
Johnstown II — 16 
Pittsburgh— 13 
VaUey— 19 
Vinco— 58 

Wayne Heights — 21 
White Dale— 
Johnstown III — 15 

(Chandon — 1)* 
Hagerstown — 30 
Maurertown — 5 
Washington — 16 

Tucson — 17 





Louis viUe 



North Georgetown 



Brush Valley 
Johnstown I 
Mt. Olivet 
Mt. Pleasant 
Quiet DeU 
Pleasant View 


Bethlehem ' 

Cumberland i 

Gatewood i 


Kimsey Run 




Lost Creek 


Mt. Olive 

Oak Hill 


St. James 

St. Luke 


Papago Park 



*Churches in parentheses (-) do not have registerj 
BYC groups, though youth from these churches 
registered individuUy. 

Total No. Of Churches With Registered Members 

(3/1/73)— 53 

Total No. Of Churches With No Registered MemJx 
(3/1)— 68 

Total No. Of National BYC Members Registered 
(3/1/73)— 962 

arch 24, 1973 

Pag-e Twenty-nine 

World Religious 'News 


Phoenix, Ariz. (EP)— The Evaxi- 
elioal Sisterhood of Mary, a Prot- 
3tant religious order, has launched 
literature oampaign to stop what 
considers to be plasphemous plays 
lat it contends make "Jesus look 

The sisters who hve in a semi- 
oistered residence and retreat 
■use in north Phoenix, are urging 
.ristians the world over to protest 
e showings of "Godspell," "Jesus 
St Superstar," and similar pro- 

Some 50,000 copies of their pamph- 

"Jesus Blasphemed Again" have 

n printed and will be mailed to 

|e pubhc in the U.S. and Canada. 

le 15,000 people on their current 

ling list wUl receive the first 

ijtes, in addition to more than 8,500 

I'ltheran ministers. 

The author of the pamphlet is 

lisilea SehJink, one of the two 

Jjnders of the order. Mother 

I'.sUea says in her pamphlet that 

• BUS is "the ruler of the universe, 

t^ King of mankind . . . the Son 

c God, our Saviour," and should 

It be the target for cynical and 

lisphemous jokes. 


^Liiaheim, Calif. (EP) —"Melody- 
lid Hotline," sponsored by the 
B'lodyland Drug Prevention Center 
1 e, receives more than 6,000 calls 
e-h month. On January 1, 1973 the 
els — from any part of the nation 
-vill be toU free. 

5arved by a W.A.T.S. (Wide Area 
1 ephone Service) line, the national 
nmber 800-854-3234 will put experts 
ii'touch with many in despair over 
digs and seek to help them over- 
oae their problems. 

leorge Wakeling, co-founder and 

doctor of the drug prevention cen- 

said an extensive ireferral ser- 

i will assist people in every state. 
California the number is 800- 


in Keview 


Wasliington, D.C. — Top govern- 
mental leaders were included among 
3,000 guests at the 21st annual 
Presidential Prayer Breakfast here 
Feb. 1. 

Officially designated the "National 
Prayer Breakfast," it was the first 
in 10 years at which the President 
could announce that the country 
was not at war. 

"Peace is not something that is 
merely the absence of war," Presi- 
dent Nixon Siaid in the large hall of 
the Washington Hilton Hotel, "it is 
an opportunity to do something 

The official program Usted the 
Honorable John C. Stennis as Pre- 
siding but the 71-year-old Mississippi 
lawmaker and Chairman of the 
Senate Armed Services Conrmiittee 
was in critical condition after being 
shot by robbers two nights earlier. 
Substituting for him was Minnesota 
Congressman Albert Quie who led 
the guests in prayer for Senator 

Senator Mark O. Hatfield initiated 
silent prayer for the injured col- 
league during his greetings from 
the Senate breakfast prayer group. 
The Honorable John T. Myers 
brought greetings from the House 

Arthur F. Buims, chairman of 
Governors of the Federal Reserve 
System, delivered the main address. 
Other speakers included Astronaut 
James Irwin, Assistant Secretary of 
the Navy James E. Johnson, and 
Evangelist Billy Graham, who off- 
ered the closing prayer. 

"The Singing Sergeants" of the 
U.S. Air Force sang "The Prayer 
of St. Francis." 

The annual gathering was begun 
21 years ago by Abraham Vereide, 
the late founder of International 
Christian Leadership which coor- 
dinates the prayer meeting of 




Waslun^on, D.C. (EP) — First 
indications of what the U.S. Postal 
Service is requesting for mail re- 
classification have just been revealed 
in a request Postmaster General 
E. T. Klasisen has forwarded to the 
Postal Rate Commission, according 
to RusseU T. Hitt. 

The postal representative for the 
EvangeUcal Press Association stated 
that volume mailers (1,000 or more 
pieces per maiUng) of presorted 
first class or au-mail pieces would 
receive a reduction of ^i cent per 

A similar principle would apply 
to volume mailers (500 or more 
pieces) of special rate fourth class 
mail — mainly books and tecords. 
Bound printed matter now mailed 
as parcel post would be mailed at 
lower "catalog" rates. 

Volume mailers of parcel post 
(500 parcels or more) would com- 
pute postages from a simpUfied 
table or bulk rates. 

A surcharge on odd-shaped en- 
velopes wUl be imposed after a two- 
year grace period. 

Cost of postage on business reply 
cards and envelopes will be based 
on mail volume. 

Most observers of the postal pic- 
ture expected a much more radical 
reform in the traditional classifica- 
tion of mail. Klassen indicated, how- 
ever, these are only the first steps 
in a long-range effort to improve 
the existing mail classification 


San Bernardino, Calif. (EP) A 
weekly series, "Explo '73," will be 
sponsored in nine cities by Campus 
Crusade for Christ International. 

Dr. Bill Bright, founder and 
president of the student organiza- 
tion, will be the program host. Tele- 
casts, 30 minutes long, wUl include 
music, interviews, tesitimonies, and a 
special news feature. 

"World View," the news feature, 
will be a film report of important 
events in the Christian community 
around the world. 

Page Thirty 

The Brethren Evangeiis 


HoUywood, Calif. (EP) — Paul 
Myers, founder of the internation- 
ally aired Christian broadcast Haven 
of Rest as its "Firs.t Mate Bob," 
died Jan. 28 in Tustin, Calif., at 76. 
Both he and his wife, Thelma, were 
stricken with influenza which de- 
veloped into pneumonia. Mrs. Myers 
is recovering. 

Haven of Rest, heai'd 750 times 
each week on 165 stations was 
founded in 1934 by Myers who was 
well known in the West during 
radio's pioneering days. He started 
the broadcast after he was converted 
to Christ from a life of drunkenness. 

Myers was influential in the lives 
of Bob Pierce, founder of World 
Vision, of Robert Bowman, presi- 
dent of the Far East Broadcasting 
Company, and of many other Chris- 
tian leaders. 

There wiU be no change in the 
Ha\-en of Rest ministry, according 
to President Vcd Hellikson. "In 
keeping with the expi-essed wishes 
of the 'First Mate,' Haven of Rest 
wUl continue its daily broadcasts 
worldwide." He indicated that sup- 
port of overseas missionary proj- 
ects would not be effected either. 

Paul Evans, vice president of 
Haven of Rest, is currently the 
speaker on the 30-minute broadcast. 
A former pastor in Fresno, Calif., 
Evans joined the crew approximate- 
ly five years ago. On the staff also, 
as writer and researcher, is Helen 
Kooiman, noted book author. 


Wasliington, D.C. (EP) — Evan- 
gelist and missionary author E. 
Stanley Jones, one of this century's 
most noted Christian workers and 
authors, died in India on Jan. 25. 
He was 89 on Jan. 3. 

Dr. Jones, a Methodist, spent 
decades in India where he was cre- 
mated. The ashes were returned to 
Baltimore for burial in the Bishop's 
Lot in Mount Olivet Cemetery. 

"The Lord has called unito Himself 
one of His greatest servants," BiUy 
Graham said. "He was one of the 
foremost clergymen of the Twenti- 
eth Century. I valued his friendship 
and counsel." 

Missionary Jones had the distinc- 
tion of being one of a few United 
Methodist clergj'men to be elected 
to the episcopacy and refuse the 

honor. He was chosen in 1928 by the 
then Methodist Episcopal Church, 
but 24 hours later declined the 

He is a graduate of Asbury Sem- 
inary and went to India first in 


New York (EP) — A coalition of 
36 Long Island right-to-life groups, 
joined by similar organizations from 
the New York City area, launched 
a campaign to nullify the recent 
U.S. Supreme Court decision on 
abortion through a constitutional 

To protect unborn babies in the 
meantime, the Long Island CoaU- 
tion for Life urged President Nixon 
to issue an "emancipation procla- 
mation for the unborn" to protect 
their right to life. "It is the only 
route we can foUow with any degree 
of feasibility," Thomas Dillon, a 
Jamaica, N.Y. attorney and chair- 
man of the N.Y. State Right to Life 
Legal Committee indicated. He said 
the campaign will start with a pro- 
posal in the U.S. Congress sometime 
this year. 


Nashville (EP) — An unpreten- 
tious movie titled "Gospel Road" 
has been shot in the Holy Land by 
singer Johnny Cash with countr>' 
music in the sound track. 

To be distributed by Twentieth 
Century-Fox beginning with three 
premieres in the South in February 
the film cost Cash half a million 
dollars of his own money. 

His wife June Carter is Mary 
Magdalene: Cash's sister, Reba, 
Hancock, is the Virgin Mary. Larry 
Lee, his music promotion manager, 
portrays John the Baptist. Robert 
Elfstrom, his director, plays the role 
of Jesus. 

The singer said this film is a 
statement of his personal faith. 
"The devil has plenty of movies 
these days," Cash told Kenneth 
WoodwEird of Newsweek. "I felt 
like I was obligated to make one 
for Jesus." 

He called the film his proudest 
work. "It's the reason I'm on this 


Washington, D.C. (EP) — A serie 
of Congressional bUls call for a n 
turn to capital punishment and a 
amendment to the Internal Revenu 
Q)de involving tax-exempt orgar 
izations. A Maryland bOl calls fo 
restitution for children's misdeed 
on the part of parents. 

Sen. Paul J. Fannin (R. Ariz.) ha 
introduced in the Senate a bill whic 
would require mandatory impos 
tion of the death penalty for indivit, 
uals convicted of certain crime 
They would be: (1) The assassin; 
tion of a President, Vice Preside: 
or state governor; murder of 
judge, poUceman, or fireman; mu 
der committed by a person alread 
serving a life imprisonment tern 
aircraft piracy if loss of life occuj 
as a consequence. 

Three bills affect tax-exemj 
organizationis, including those r 
Ugious bcised. All of the biUs, intr 
duced by Rep. John R. Rarick (I 
La.) would amend the Intern 
Revenue Code of 1954. One wou 
require each tax-exempt organiz 
tion to fUe an annual informatic 
return showing each source (inclu 
ing governmental sources) of i 
income and other receipts, and 
provide for a loss of tax exemptii 
in the case of willful failure to fi- 
or fraudulent statements made 
connection with, such return. Anot 
er would provide that tax-exem 
organizations which engage in £ 
tivities of carrying on propaganc 
or otherwise attempting to infl 
ence legislation, would lose th< 
exemption from tax. The third b 
would provide that tax-exempt i 
ganizations which voluntarily ( 
gage in litigation for the benefit 
third parties, or commit otli 
prohibited acts, would lose thi 
exemption. All three biUs have be , 
referred to the House Committee ♦ 
Ways and Means. 

Under a bill introduced in t 
Maryland General Assembly, p,' 
ents of juveniles damaging pn|) 
erty would be required to ma 
restitution for their children's ir 
deeds or perform services for t 
wronged party. Parents too poor) 
pay restitution could be ordered i| 
"perform some service" suggest 
by the victims. 


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Pag-e Four 

The Brethren Evang'elist 



To write three books that become bestsellers simul- 
taneously on the nation's religious best sellers lists 
would seem accomplishment enough for a man's life. . . 

But Chaplain Merlin R. Carothers, with an eventful 
life behind him, is looking to a future full of great and 
far-reaching pursuits for himself, including another 
book, ministry at the North County Christian Center 
in Escondido, California (near San Diego) and an inter- 
national thrust for his unique ministry of praise. 

Now in his late 40's, Merlin Carothers was born in 
Ellwood, Pa. In 1943 he began his military career as 
an enlisted man with the 82nd Airborne — the "All 
Americans." He ran into difficulty early in his Army 
career. Spurred by a nagging impatience to get into 
action as a soldier, Carothers went AWOL and stole 
a car. For this he was subsequently arrested and 

Served As Guard For Eisenhower 

He served time, but eventually was granted overseas 
duty. As a paratrooper demolition expert, he got the 
action he craved — plenty of it — in France, Germany 
and Belgium. After VE day he served as guard for 
Dwight D. Eisenhower, general of the Allied Armies. 

Carothers' excellent combat record prompted the late 
President Harry S. Truman to grant him a full pardon, 
clearing the way for him to go into the ministry after 
his discharge and eventually to become a chaplain 
when he returned to active duty in 1953. 

After his return to active duty, he served in Germany, 
Korea, the Dominican Republic, Panama and Vietnam. 
Upon his return from Vietnam in 1968, Chaplain 
Carothers was assigned to Fort Benning, and The 
Candidate Brigade, a congregation of some 8,000 
military pei'sonnel. 

Merlin Carothers retired from the Army with the 
rank of Lieutenant Colonel. But instead of sitting back 
to enjoy the benefits of retirement, he has discovered 
an entirely new career awaiting him. 

Becomes Pastor In Southern California 

In the middle of 1972, Chaplain Carothers went to 
Escondido, California on a speaking assignment. The 
people to whom he ministered were moved to invite 
him to remain there as their pastor. Several people 
began telling him that they felt the Lord wanted him 
to stay in Escondido, and help form the organization 
which subsequently became the North County Christian 

It was a considerable decision to make, since a pos- 
itive response would make it necessary for the chaplain 
to give up his appointment with the Methodist Church, 
a denomination with which he had enjoyed strong 

Consequently, Chaplain Carothers was in much 
prayer over the matter. 

"Praise God! There was no doubt about the answer." 

The Lord over and over again has "powerfully dem- 
onstrated it was part of His plan," Chaplain Carothers 

Demonstration has taken several forms: "growing 
attendance, financial support, the enthusiasm of the 
people and the experiencing of miracles and healing 
constantly at the center's meetings." , 

Marvels At Rapid Church Growth | 

The church started with 40 people meeting in a high 
school building. In the first six months of its Ufe, the 
church grew rapidly and continues to grow weekly 
attracting people from other cities of San Diego Countji, 
and from as far away as Los Angeles, the state's 
largest city more than 100 miles north of the North 
County Christian Center. 

"There is always a great amount of joy and happiness 
at our services," Chaplain Carothers says, grinning 
with a radiant happiness that is typical of hi^ 

Now the church is preparing to construct a 15,00( 
square foot facility on nine acres of land along Routt 
78, outside Escondido. 

"We're hoping to keep right on growing," he confides 

World-wide Praise IVIinistry Planned 

Chaplain Carothers says, flashing an infectuoui 
smile, "I Uke being a pastor." But his total ministry 
does not consist merely in being a pastor to a loca 
congregation. He is aware that his special "ministr; 
of praise" needs his further attention, and he intends t 
carry the dynamics of praise to other people on othe, 
parts of the globe in the months ahead. 

He has affectionately called this work a "ministr 
to grumblers" since he discovered through man; 
months of personal involvement with Christians tha' 
90 percent of these souls admit to spending much o 
their time grumbling about unhappy experiences i 
their life with Christ. 

His local church has a role in the "ministry t 

Every prayer request that comes to Chaplai; 
Carothers by mail or telephone is placed on a refereno 
card. Accumulated cards are distributed to the congr< 
gation and members of the church share in prayin| 
over the described need. 

North County Christian Center in the future wi' 
serve as home base to Chaplain Carothers' expande 
ministry. He plans to remain as pastor, going out froif 
his congregation on a regular basis to speak in foreig' 
countries and in different parts of the United State' 
He is confident his congregation will lend great spin 
ual strength to his efforts. 

Even his current ministry has not been strictly locfl 
Over the past two years. Chaplain Carothers h; 
traveled equivalent to seven times around the worl 
His first book Prison to Praise has sold more than o! 
million copies with his power in Praise and Answf 
to Praise well on the way to setting similar sal 
records. He is the first author in religious publishii 
history to have three books on the religious bestselle ; 
list simultaneously. 

April 7, 1973 

Page Five 

Sees Effectiveness of Praise Power 

Thousands have written Che receives approximately 

300 letters per week) and telephoned (sometimes 30 

balls a day) to share with him news of transformed 

fives by applying his book concept of praising the Lord 

|for all things — both the good things and the seemingly 

lad things. "All things work together for good ... in 

verything give thanks . . . count it all joy," he 


Chaplain Carothers' message is "praise, like spiritual 

[lynamite, has an explosive quality. Released in life, 

ft revolutionizes everything with which it comes in 


He has little difficulty accounting for the tremendous 

esponse to that message. He sees it simply as God's 

ork, and he just happens to be a vessel by which the 

,ord chose to make the impact of praise known to 


Personally Practiced Praising God 

At first, he found the simplicity of the truth difficult 
accept. But with God's guidance, the blue-eyed chap- 
in says, he personally made a determined effort to 
raise God for everything he experienced, even unfor- 
nate things. 

He started by praising God for little things, such as 
ithe red lights that delayed me while driving," and 
ither irritating little hangups of life. Soon he discov- 
red praise becomes a spontaneous reaction to every 
ituation — rather like a habit — and the transforming 
ower he has experienced in his life adequately demon- 
strates to him each day that praise is the key to 
ictorious Christian living. 

■ Others find it works also. The Chaplain admits it's 
great thrill reading and hearing about the changes 
lat e.x-grumblers are experiencing as a result of the 
raise message set forth in his books. 

Chaplain Carothers now devotes his substantial 
energies full-time to sharing his discovery with others 
so they too may find that joy of victory. He continually 
receives requests to speak all over the world — all as 
the result of the success of his books. He says he is 
convinced the Lord is preparing the way for this ex- 
panded praise ministry, particularly in South Africa 
and South America. 

The Praise books have been published in Spanish, 
Portuguese and Danish. Presently they are being trans- 
lated into French and German. But even this inter- 
national thrust appears to be only one aspect of the 
rapidly growing ministry. 

Praise Books Go Into State Prisons 

Through the efforts of Foundation of Praise, Inc., 
Gov. Ronald Reagan has opened the door to all 
California prisons for the Praise ministry. 

Efforts are being carried forth by the foundation 
to provide 24,000 copies of Prison to Praise for distri- 
bution free to men and women in state prisons. 

In addition to all of this, he is presently at work on 
another book, the fourth in the series of Praise books 
that began in 1970 with the publication by Logos 
International (Plainfield, N. J.) of Prison to Praise, 
followed by Power in Praise and Answers to Praise. 
The new book will be released during 1973. 

It's a full, busy life for Merlin Carothers in these 
days of his newest career. It is far more exciting than 
any of his hair-raising combat experiences. But he 
remembers: Praise is the key. 

"I don't want to get ahead of the Lord. But He has 
shown me the ministry of Praise is going to expand 
in places all over the world. I praise Him for that." 

"I also praise Him continually for His willingness to 
use me as one of His tools to bring victory to the lives 
of His children." 


th annual meeting innovative 

.A perspective on the flourishing ministries of evan- 
?lical periodicals will be offered during the 25th annual 
ree-day convention of the Evangelical Press Associa- 
)n, May 14-16, at Fort Wayne, Ind. 
Top writers, teachers, and promoters will address the 
veral hundred editorial experts gathered at the 
krriott Inn for the varied fare of the editorial extrava- 
inza, according to Mrs. Eleanor L. Burr, comvention 

Included among the speakers wiU be D. Elton True- 
pod of the Earlham School of Religion; Keith Miller, 
ited lay author; Dr. Joseph T. Bayly, managing 
Vtor of the David C. Cook Co., Sherwood E. Wirt, 
•jitor of Decision; Dr. Ozzie Edwards, a University of 
■jichigan professor; Clyde Norman, of Normain-Iverson 
•ssodates; James Engel of Wheaton College, ajid many 
'per speakers and workshop leaders. 
A feature of each annual EPA convention is both 
3 "Higher Goals in Christian Journalism" aind the 
eriodical of the Year" contests which bestow 25 

awards on periodicals whose entries were carefully 
appraised by judges engaged for the contests. Robert 
V. Myers, publications director for the David C. Cook 
Co., is chairman of the awards committee this year. 

EPA President C. Charles Van Ness, editorial directo.- 
of the David C. Cook Co., will preside over a special 
session titled, "Where We've Been, Where We're Going." 
CointributLng to the session will be EPA Executive Sec- 
retary Norman B. Rohrer and Joseph T. Bayly. 

In addition to the judging for the awards contests, 
EPA has engaged for its membership "The Artery," a 
group of graphics experts. EPA members participating 
must mail any three issues of their magazine to: EPA 
Magazine Critique, 5206 Main St., Downers Grove, 111. 
60515. A $10 check payable to George M_ Kubricht must 
accompany the three issues to l>e reviewed. The dead- 
line for this critiquing service is March 31. 

The 1973 meeting is the first convention to be held 
in Indiana for the 210-member pi^ss association. Tlie 
combined circulation of its member periodicals exceeds 
10 million. 

Page Six 

The Brethren Evangelist 



I'd like to share with you girls some things that have 
been happening here. I am Student teaching this 
semester in a nearby Jr. High School. I love it so far 
although the building is old and conditions are really 
overcrowded. The teachers and kids aie greajt. One 
reason I can say thij is because Christ is alive and 
living in so many of the kids there. I can. honestly say 
it is almost unbalieveable. 

When I first got there I noticed a sign that metioned 
a Christian Fellowship meeting for 15 minutes during 
9th grade lunch period every day in the business class- 
room. Well, I was new and didn't realize if I ate very 
fast that I could go to this gathering. Also I noticed 
some of my students with Jesus stickers, T-shirts, and 
Bibles among their other school books. I was very glad 
to say the least. I can not ever remember being in a 
public school and seeing the influence of Christianity 
so widespread in such young lives. These kinds are all 
seventh, eighth, and nineth graders and these are very 
hard years. Right?! Their faith is alive and growing 
each day. 

by Sherry Bamhart 

I have only attended 2 of the gatherings so far and : 
each I felt that Christ was right there. We meet 
just a small classroom with many desks and typ 
writers everywhere. The kids themselves usually le 
what happens. They sing, they share, they pray, th 
study, or just come and laugh and love each other 
Christ. All these things happen sjxsntaneously rig 
among the typewriters. The other teachers who jojj 
us do not attempt to take over but share of themselv^j 
or try to answer questions and stuff. 

One reason why I am telling all of this is becau 
this small amount of time — 15 minutes each 
means a whole new vitality for facing the after 
classes. I really beUeve that each one of you 
find a core group of Christians who would be wil 
and excited about a time such as this. A classr 
and probably one teacher are all you would need | 
receive permission from the school. 

This is such a neat time and I think each of you 
love it as much as I do. Remember Christ pror 
that where two or three were gathered in His 
He would be there too. 

Praise His Name, 

April 7, 1973 

Pagre Seven 



DURBAN, South Africa— "Only Jesus Christ can 
iolve the problems of individual South Africans, of 
heir nation and the world," Evangelist Billy Graham 
old over 45,000 at his first appearance in this nation. 
In preaching before the record crowd at Kings Park 
lugby Stadium here the American added still another 
-ountry to the list of those in which he has proclaimed 
he Gospel of Christ. In attending, persons from all 
aces and social conditions turned a new page in the 
listory of their country. Organizers of the meeting 
lad met the world famed evangelist's conditions for 
ireaching in any country — the condition that all persons 
,f all races be welcomed and allowed to sit where they 
hoose. In newspaper and broadcast interviews earlier 
the day he reiterated his opposition to apartheid, 
a nation known for its strict separation of the races, 
he evangelistic rally found black and white and brown 
itting side by side, singing side by side, working as 
jolunteers side by side, and walking down crowded 
isles together to respond to the invitation to receive 
'hrist as Savior and Lord. Half of the crowd was esti- 
lated to be non-white. 

Over 3,300 left their places to stand before the plat- 
'jrm to indicate their intention to follow Christ and let 
im help solve their problems. The response was one 
f the largest proportionately in any meeting ever 
.inducted by Graham. 

: The Rugby field which had been three-fourths filled 
ith that portion of the congregation who could not 
nd seats in the stadium, was completely covered with 
. sea of humanity after the inquirers came forward 
;id took up the remaining space. 

[Spiritual counseling procedures usually followed in 
'le evangelist's American Crusades were abbreviated 
lien it became evident that the 500 trained counselors 
luld not possibly get around to all who had crowded 
rrward in the platform area. Addresses were noted 
r the 3,300 inquirers and packets of Christian litera- 
re were handed to them. Additional hundreds of 
jQuirers were not reached by counselors. 
The previous attendance record for the stadium was 
jtablished two years ago when 38,500 watched a 
;ugby match between South Africa and France. Local 
jipers which had given prominent page one attention 
; the Graham visit said that the crowd was the largest 
jUlti-racial ever assembled in South Africa for any 
jirpose. Never before had there been integrated seat- 
jg in that stadium. 

(This time, the crowd in the stadium had its attention 
^cused on an eternal conflict, not just one afternoon's 
'jntest. Graham warned his listeners that sin has ever- 
jsting effects if individuals do not turn to Christ for 
• Ivation. 

He noted that the effects of sin are evident in prob- 
'ns around the world. "America has some of the same 

problems that South Africa has," the evangelist 

Speaking directly to the race issue, the American 
preacher said that even though his country has some 
uf the strongest civil rights legislation in the world, 
race prejudice still exists. "The problem," he empha- 
sized, "is the problem of the human heart." 

Graham suggested that while evil was apparently 
more rampant, there were encouraging signs of in- 
creasing good. He cited as one such sign the response 
of many young people around the world to the Gospel 
of Christ. 

He warned, however, that unless there is a great 
turning to Christ, sin-steeped humanity could destroy 
itself by the end of this century. 

On the program with the evangelist were a 1,500- 
voice choir of black, brown and white volunteers, 
musical groups from the United States and from South 
Africa, and ministers who prayed in Afrikaans, Zulu 
and English. 

While there were no translators on the platform to 
translate the sermon into another language, a trans- 
lation into Zulu was provided by a minister who heard 
the message through earphones and then spoke into a 
loud speaker system directed toward a group of Zulus. 
The evangelistic rally was a featured event on 
the program of a multi-racial South African Congress 
on Evangelism and Mission, one of several such 
congresses that have been held in various regions of 
the world. Graham, who is also speaking in sessions 
of the Congress, said that several of the participants 
in the Congress came to him afterwards with tear.3 
in their eyes to express appreciation for his part in an 
event they never expected to happen in South Africa. 

The conference itself has made history with its wide 
variety of speakers from within South Africa and from 
abroad and for its housing of all delegates regardless 
of race in the same hotel. 

Before the rally Graham toured the ruins of an 
Indian market which had burned the night before. He 
expressed concern for the thousands of families who 
lost their livelihood in the tragedy and prayed for them 
with Asian Christian leaders who escorted him. The 
Sunday after the rally he was accompanied by Bishop 
Alphaeus Zulu and Congress Vice-chairman Michael 
Cassidy to a worship service at an Anglican church in 
the black township of Kwamashu. 

There has been no official government reaction to 
the Graham visit. However, police authorities provided 
plain-clothes and uniformed officers to guard the visit- 
ing evangelist at the rally. 

From Crusader Information Service 

Page Eight 

The Brethren Evangelif 


by Phil Lersch, Chairman 
Brethren World Relief Committ-ee 

In April 1972, Pastor Lersch and John, his son, represented the Breth- 
ren Church on a three-week tour of six countries in Southeast Asia — spon- 
sored by the World Relief Commission of the National Association of 
Evangelicals. This is the TENTH in a series of reports to the denomina- 
tion about the trip. W.R.C. is the evangelical relief agency through which 
Brethren World Relief monies are channeled. 


One of the 170 children Brethren have helped 
at the Kim Chon Leper Colony, Korea. 

As our bus rumbled along the streets of Kim Chon, 
two men flagged us to a stop (by previous aiTange- 
ment). These two pastors would travel with us to the 
Leper Village outside their city and supply us with 

Kim Chon is a small city in area, but buldging with 
70,000 citizens crowded together. As we rode out of the 
city, the dirt road led us across the bridge where, 20 
years ago, an Oriental Missionary Society missionary 
found lepers huddled together. These outcasts were 
living in mud holes along the river bank, covered with 
burlap bags for doors. 

Dr. Elmer Kilbourne and the WRC located land and 
began to form a community to meet the particular needs 
of lepers. They taught them how to make cement blocks 
and build homes. How to raise chickens, a business 
that has grown from 500 to 150,000 chicks. How to dry 
and seU chicken manure for farming fertilizer. How 

to raise pigs, 1,000 in number now. How to seO eggs an 

Because of muddy roads we walked the last mile t 
the village — an enjoyable stroll allowing us to apprec 
ate the beautiful countryside more completely. Even 
chance to walk close to the grape vineyards, and tap 
record the croaks of a frog on a Uly pad at the pond. 

Children gathered around us and walked with us u 
the steep dirt paths weaving between the clay-walk 
homes and chicken coups and pig pens. Past the ne 
medical building recently completed. These cute ki( 
live in this village of 600 residents and have their o\\ 
school there. How they delighted in talking into my taj 
recorder aind then listening to their own voices as 
replayed the tape. Great tun! Modern drugs ha' 
arrested the leprosy in their parents, so there is i 
danger of transmitting it to the children — or to us 
visitors passing through. 

After parking our shoes outside, we entered tht 
newly-constructed church and sat in chairs along t 
side near the front. As a courtesy, they brought cu.^ 
ions and placed them on the floor for our stocking-fe 

The people were singing "Nearer M.y God to Thee" 
they sat on the floor — ^men seated on one side a 
women on the other, as is the custom in the nii 
churches. Other music included "Hear My Prayer, 
God," "My Hope Is Built," amd "Leaning on the E\ 
lasting Arms" by congregation and choir . 

In addition to prayer, comments of greeting and 
message by members of our tour group (via translate 
a check for $1,000 was given by WRC to the pastor )| 
his work in the Leper ViUage. 

Twenty years ago — life on a river bank. Now, tl 
the concern and aid of evangelical Christians and 
— 430 adults and 170 children are living meaningful i 
healthy lives on 70 acres of village and produc 

Makes you thankful you can help, doesn't it? 

(Next — Chun Yang Won Orphanage) 

St. Petersburg, Florida il 

April 7, 1973 

Page Nine 


"It is impossible to mentcilly or socially 
enslave a Bible-reading people." 

"The Bible needs less defense, more 

Temptation is not sin but playing with 
temptation invites sin. 

A winner isn't nearly as afraid of losing 
as a loser is secretly afraid of winning. 

We all find time to do what we really 
want to do. 

A long dispute means that both parties 
are wrong. 


Upon his arrival home from the morn- 
ing worship service the little boy was 
asked by his mother: "What did Rev. 
Jones preach about today?" The boy 
replied: "His text was, 'Do not worry, 
you'll get the blanket." The mother was 
puzzled, but the boy was determined that 
this was the message of the day. Early 
the next morning the mother called her 
pastor to find out just what the text and 
the sermon had been. To her question 
Rev. Jones replied: "Why, my text 
yesterday was, 'Fear not, I will send the 

The little gu-1 watched her mother as 
she rested with a headache while the 
others had Sunday dinner. "Mother, the 
Sunday School teacher said that Moses 
had a headache, too!" "Why, darling, I 
don't remember that!" "Well, I heard her 
say that God gave Mo-ses two tablets." 

The candidate had just finished what 
he felt was a stirring campaign speech. 

"Now are there any questions?" he 
asked confidently. 

"Yes," said a voice in the rear. "Who 
else is running?" 

A famous Broadw^ay star paid thous- 
ands of doUetrs for an amazing myna, 
which he presented to his girl friend on 
her birthday. The myna spoke eleven 
languages and sang grand opera. 

The day after the gift arrived, he called 
the girl and inquired, "What did you think 
of the bird?" 

"It was delicious," came the reply. 

A certain family had gone to church. 
On the way home the father criticized 
the sermon. The mother found fault with 
the organist, the eldest daughter declared 
the singing was atrocious. But the sub- 
ject was suddenly dropped when a small 
boy of the family spoke up and said: 
"Dad, I think it was a mighty good show 
for a quarter." 

from Louisville Brethren Bulletin 

Pag« Ten 

The Brethren Evangelis 





LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Admitting "the brokenness 
of our world and man's inability to put it together", 
organizers of the 1974 International Congress on World 
Evangelization today released the official Congress Call 
and declared their purpose to relate Biblical truth to 
crucial issues facing Christians everywhere. The 
Congress will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland, July 
16-25, 1974. 

One hundred and forty-two church leaders of a great 
variety of traditions and from every corner of the globe, 
are signatories to the Call and have declared their 
support for the Congress. They include: Mr. J. T. 
Ayorinde of Nigeria, Dr. F. F. Bruce of Eingland, Dr. 
Benjamin Chew of Singapore, Bishop Dietzfelbinger of 
Germany, The Very Rev. James Dunlop of Ireland, Dr. 
Billy Graham of U.S.A., Dr. Hyung Chik Han of Korea, 
Dr. Josip Horak of Yugoslavia, Archbishop Marcus 
Loane of Australia, the Rev. Doan Van Mieng of South 
Vietnam, Dr. Benjamin Moraes of Brazil, Archbishop 
Festo Olang of Kenya, and the Rev. Dr. I. Ben Wati 
of India. 

The declaration of purpose of the Congress, released 
today, reads: 
"New winds of spiritual awakening 

and evangelistic advance are blowing in many 

parts of the world. 
Vast numbers of people have been prepared by God's 

Spirit to respond to the Good News of Christ. 
New methods and modern tools of communication 

are available to the Church in our age. 
We are persuaded that God has brought us 

to one of history's great moments 

that the hour has come for Christians everywhere 

to consider afresh the meaning of 

"mission", "evangelism", "salvation", and 

"conversion" and to unite in bold new efforts 

to proclaim Jesus Christ, to make disciples of 

all nations, £ind to welcome them into the 

fellowship Oif His Church. 
By God's grace we will not miss this moment! 

We must seize the opportunity! 
We therefore believe that God has led us to call together 

from every part of the world 

some 3000 evangelical leaders committed to 

the biblical message of our Lord Jesus Christ, 

EVANGELIZATION to be held July 16-25, 1974, 

in Lausanne, Switzerland. 
We are conscious of the brokenness of the world, 

of man's inability to put it together 

and of our own frequent failure to be God's 
healing instruments. 
Yet we are convinced of the power of God to 

change men and nations. 
So we declare our desire to be faithful to the Gosp€ 
of Jesus Christ and to historic evangeUoed theolog; 

revealed in the Scriptures, 

confessed by the Church through the centuries 

reaffirmed at Berlin in 1966 and by evangelist! 

Congresses which followed at Singapore, 

Bogota, Amsterdam and elsewhere. 
From Churches in many cultures, races and nations 
we wiU meet together: 

men and women 

old and young 

ministers and laymen 
with the common goal of carrying out our 
Lord's Great Coimimission 
We purpose: 

To proclaim the Biblical basis of evangelism 

in a day of theological confusion; 
To examine our message and methods 

by this standard; 
To relate Biblical truth to crucial 

issues facing Christians everywhere; 
To share and strengthen our unity and love 

in Christ; 
To identify those who are as yet unreached or 

alienated from the Gospel; 
To learn from each other 

the patterns of evangelism the Holy Spirit i 

using today in our churches, fellowships, 

and missionary societies; 
To awaken our Christian consciences 

to the unpUcations of expressing Christ's lovi 

in attitude aind action to men of every 

class and color; 
To encourage cooperative strategies towards 

reaching aH men for Christ; 
To pray together for world evangelization in 

this century asking that the Congress may 

contribute significantly to this end; 
To be God's people, available for aU His purpose 

in the world. 
So we Ccdl all Christians 

to pray earnestly for the Holy Spirit to move 

upon the Congress and to arouse all believen 
to a new obedience to Christ in world evangelism 
which will prepare the way for our Lord's 

triumphant return." 

April 7, 1973 

Page Eleven 

Bishop Jack Dain of Sydney, Executive Chairman of 
the Congress Planning Committee said today: 

"We want churches in every country to appreciate 
the widespread consultation and reasoning behind the 
decision to hold a Congress on reaching the world for 
Jesus Christ. 

"In bringing 3,500 participants to an international 
congress we are anxious that they should each obtain 
the maximum benefit from it. Tiiis Congress will em- 
phasize 'A Servant Church Proclaiming a Sovereign 
Lord to all men, by all means, in our time!' We believe 
this is the task God has called us to fulfill until He 
comes again. 

"It has become unpopular to emphasize the proclauna- 
tioin of the Gospel and we want to clarify God's unique 
message to the world in Jesus Christ in such a way that 
Christians everywhere will be encouraged to take fresh 
initiatives in evangelism." 

The 142 church leaders who signed the Congress Call 
have formed a Convening Committee for the Congress. 
They are: 

Dr. Hudson T. Armerding U.S.A. 

Bishop I, P. Andrews India 

Jke Rev. Josepli Ameh Northern Nigeria 

Dr. Saphir Athyal India 

JDr. Myron Augsburger U.S.A. 

Mr. J. T. Ayorinde Nigeria 

Mr. Jean Andre Switzerland 

The Rev. Longri Ao India 

Mr, Daniel Bakhsh West Pakistan 

The Rev. Raphael Baltodano Costa Rica 

Dr. L. Nelson Bell U.S.A. 

Dr, Gernard Bergmann West Germany 

Dr. Peter Beyerhaus West Germany 

The Rev. N. Bhengu South Africa 

Sir Cyril Black England 

Dr. Bill Bright U.S.A. 

Dr. F. F. Bruce England 

Dr. Jose Camacho Puerto Rico 

Dr. Arnoldo Canclini Argentina 

Sr. Robinson Cavalcante Brazil 

Dr, Kenneth Chafin U.S.A. 

Dr. Benjamin Chew Singapore 

The Rt. Rev, G. Chitemo Tanzania 

Sr. Gilberto Colosimo Argentina 

The Rev. Pierre Courthial France 

The Rt, Rev, A, J, Dain Australia 

Mr, Antoine Deeb Lebanon 

Mrs, Fred Dienert U.S.A. 

Bishop Dietzfelbinger West Germany 

Dr, Mariano Di Gangi Canada 

The Rev, G, B, Duncan Scotland 

The Very Rev, James Dunlop Ireland 

The Rev, Gabriel EJkli Norway 

Dr, Samuel Escobar Argentina 

the Rev. Augusto Esperanca Portugal 

The Rev. Hector T, Espinosa Mexico 

Dr, Robert Evans France 

Dr. Nilson do Amaral Fanini Brazil 

Mr. Benjamin E. Fernando : Ceylon 

The Rt, Rev, Onofre Fonceca Philippines 

Dr. Leighton Ford U,S,A, 

■Dr. Ira Galloway U.S.A. 

;The Rev, John Gatu Kenya 

The Rev, Manuel J. Gaxiola Mexico 

Dr, Wilhelm Gilbert Germany 

The Rt, Rev, A. Goodwin Hudson England 

Dr, Billy Graham U,S.A, 

The Rev. Isaias Gutierrez Chile 

The Rev. John Gyanfuso West Africa 

Dr. Richard Halverson U.S.A. 

The Rev. Dr. Kyung Chik Han Korea 

The Rev. Akira Hatori Japan 

The Rt. Rev. Ravu Henao Papua New Guinea 

Dr. Carl Henry U,S,A, 

Mr, Chua Wee Hian England 

Dr. Edward V, Hill U,S,A, 

Dr, Oswald C, J, Hoffman U.S,A. 

Dr, Donald E, Hoke Japan 

Pastor Armin Hoppler Switzerland 

Dr, Josip Horak Yugoslavia 

Bishop Earl Hunt U,S,A, 

The Rev, Canon Leslie Hunt Canada 

Mr, W, Maxey Jarman U.S.A. 

Mr, R, B, Jesudasen India 

The Rt. Rev. M. M. John India 

The Rev. Chuin-Ming Kao Rep. of China 

Mrs. Gien Karssen Netherlands 

The Rt. Rev. Josiah Kibira East Africa 

Dr. Joon Gon Kim Korea 

Dr. Okgill Kim Korea 

Dr. Louis King U.S.A. 

The Rev, Gilbert Kirby . England 

The Rt, Rev, Festo Kivengere East Africa 

Datin Aw Kow Singapore 

The Rev, Michael Kyriakakis Greece 

Dr, Harold Lindsell U.S.A. 

Mr. Richard Linyard U.S.A. 

Dr. Alfonso Lloreda Mexico 

The Most Rev. Marcus Loane Australia 

Dr. D. A. McGavran U.S.A. 

The Rev. D. Maitimoe Indonesia 

The Rev. Jean-Perce Makanzu Zaire 

Mr. Jose M. Martinez Spain 

The Rev. Augustus Marwieh Liberia 

Sr. Pedro Merino Peru 

The Rev, Doan Van MIeng South Vietnam 

The Rev, Elio Milazzo Italy 

The Rev. R. Moeller-Petersen Denmark 

Dr. W. Stanley Mooneyham U.S.A. 

The Rev. Dr. Benjamin Moraes Brazil 

Dr, Leon Morris _ Australia 

The Rev, Markina Maja Ethiopia 

Dr. Emilio Antonio Nunez Mexico 

Dr. Harold Ockenga U,S,A. 

The Rev. Petrus Octavianus Indonesia 

The Rev, Sam Odunaike Kenya 

The Most Rev, Festo Olang Kenya 

Dr, Arnold T, Olson U.S.A. 

The Rev, Gottfried Osei-Mensah Kenya 

The Rev. Berthil Paulsen Sweden 

Mr, Duane Pederson U,S,A. 

The Rev. Tongkam Pqntupong Thailand 

The Rev. Gordon Powell Australia 

The Rev, Nene Ramientos Philippines 

Dr, Ian Rennie Canada 

The Rt, Rev, Chandu Ray Singapore 

Pastor Maurice Ray Switzerland 

Dr, Porter Routh U.S.A. 

The Rt. Rev. Erica Sabiti Uganda 

The Rev. Ephrain Santiago Puerto Rico 

Mr. Walter S. Saukila Sth. East Africa 

Mr. Peter Schneider West Germany 

The Rev. Kitaku Shimamura Japan 

Mrs. S. M. Shoemaker U.S.A. 

The Rev. Jose Silva Rep. of Panan^a 

Mr. Victor Smadja Israel 

The Rev. David Stewart New Zealand 

The Rev. John R. Stott England 

Dr. G. Swart South Africa 

The Rev. Subhash S. Sangma Bangladesh 

Mr. Levi Tavares Brazil 

Dr. Clyde W. Taylor U.S.A. 

Dr. Yun Tchi-Young Korea 

The Rev. Philip Teng Hong Kong 

The Rev. John Thetgyi Burma 

The Rev. Dr, Gaius Thibodea U.S.A. 

The Rev, Andre Thobois France 

Dr, Conrad Thompson U.S.A. 

Dr, Robert Thompson Canada 

Pastor Veli-Pekka Toiviainen Finland 

The Rev, Methusula Uzele East Africa 

The Rev, A, Vasconcelos Brazil 

Mr, Ruperto Velez Colombia 

Dr, Noel Vose Australia 

Dr. A, C. Van der Puy Ecuador 

The Rev, Dr, I, Ben Wati India 

The Rev. Aziz Williams India 

Dr, M, L. Wilson U.S.A. 

Dr, Sam Wolgemuth U,S,A, 

The Rt, Rev, Maurice Wood England 

Elder Wu Yung Rep, of China 

The Rev, Dr. Thomas Zimmerman U.S.A. 

(Acceptance is awaited from other Church leaders 
who have been invited to become members of 
the Congress Convening Committee and it is 
anticipated that further names will be added in 
the near future.) 

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The Brethren Evangelist 

Warsaw, Ind. — Dale and Patty 
Sweet were ordained into the i 
deaconate of the College Corner 
Brethren Church on February 4, 
1973. i 

Vernice Dean, member of the 
College Corner Brethren Church, 
presented a new organ and piano 
to the church in memory of her , 
husband Roy. 

MUledgeville, lU. ~ This is the 
fiftieth year of Brethren Mission 
work in Africa. A Nigerian min- 
ister will speak Sunday morning 
April 1, both in our church and 
at the Church of The Brethren. 
Following the services, we will 
join and have a fellowship and 
inspiration in the form of an old- 
fashioned "pot luck." 

Milledgeville, 111. — Sunday School 
workers fellowship was enjoyed 
Monday, February 19 in our 
church. In addition to the good 
dinner (chicken provided by the 
Sunday School), the teachers had 
opportunity to pick up and dis- 
cuss new teaching materials for 
the coming "quarter." 


Mr. and Mrs. Leo Lehman cele- 
brated their 50th Wedding Anniver- 
sary on March 12, 1973. They are 
both members of the First Brethren 

Church of Smithville, Ohio. 

* * -f 

Mr. and Mrs. Francis Swain cele- 
brated their 66th Wedding Anniver- 
sary on March 21, 1973. They are 
both members of the Oakville, Indi- 
ana Brethren Crurch. 
t- * * 

Mr. and Mrs. Everett Miller cele- 
brated their 5.5th Wedding Anni- 
versary on March 7, 1973. Both Mr. 
and Mrs. Miller are members of the 
First Brethren Church, Sarasota, 


+ * * 

Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Kershner ob- 
served their 59th Wedding Anni- 
versary on March 1, 1973. Both Mr. 
and Mrs. Kershner are members of 
the First Brethren Church of Sara- 
sota, Florida. 

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Miller cele- 
brated their 50th Wedding Anniver- 
sary on February 14, 1973 in the 
Fellowship Room of the First 
Brethren Church of Waterloo, Iowa. 
They are both members of the 

* * * 

Mr. and Mrs. Paul LaDow cele- 
brated their 57th Wedding Anniver- 
sary on February 7, 1973. They are 
both members of The First Brethren 
Church of Sarasota, Florida. 

• * * 

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Nafziger 
celebrated their 51st Wedding Anni- 
versary on February 16, 1973. They 
are both members of the First 
Brethren Church of Sarasota, 

* * * 

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Denlinger 
celebrated their 50th Wedding Anni- 
versary on January 27, 1973. They 
are both members of the First 
Brethren Church of Sarasota, 

MilledgevlUe, lU. — The Greatei 
Rockford area Sunday School 
Convention was held March 2 and 
3. Bill Bright is to be the ke\ 
speaker at this year's convention. 


North Manchester, Ind. — 

3 by Baptism 
2 by letter 
Sarasota, Fla. — 

1 by Baptism 
Mt. Olivet, Del.— 

2 by Baptism 
Ashland, Ohio — 

9 by Baptism 

6 by letter 
Gratis, Ohio — 

7 by Baptism 
Johnstown, Pa. — 

11 by Baptism 

1 by reaffirmation 
Waterloo, Iowa — 

2 by Baptism 
1 by letter 

Linwood, Md. — 
5 by Baptism 


April 7, 1973 

Page Thirteen 


Mary Elizabeth Hineman, Bryan, 
Ohio died on February 2, 1973 at 
the age of 90. Memorial services 
were conducted February 5, by Rev. 
Alvin Grumbling and Rev. M. W. 
Dodds at the Greenisen Funeral 
tlome with burial at the Shiffler 
Cemetery, Pulaski, Ohio. Mrs. 
lineman was baptized and received 
nto the membership of the Bryan 
ij'irst Brethren Church on November 
iS, 1920. 


Leoft H. Clingenpeel passed away 
January 18, 1973 while visiting in 
Tucson, Arizona. He was a Deacon 
of the Flora, Indiana, First Brethren 
Church. He leaves his wife, Geneva, 
two daughters, two sons and seven 
grandchildren. One son preceded him 
in death. Services were conducted at 
the church by Rev. C. Edward West. 
Interment was in the Maple Lawn 
Cemetery, Flora, Indiana. 


Mrs. Guy Miller passed away on 
March 1, 1973 at Schoitz Memorial 
Hospital of complications following 
surgery. She was a member of the 
First Brethren Church, Waterloo, 
Iowa and of the Woman's Mission- 
ary Society. She is survived by her 
husband and one son, Robert. 
Funeral services were conducted on 
Monday, March 5 by her pastor. 
Rev. Glenn Grumbling. Interment 
was in Orange Township Cemetery. 



Mrs. Mabel Kanady, a long time 
lember of the First Brethren 
Ihurch of Falls City, Nebraska, 
^as called to meet her Lord, on 
'ebruary 11, 1973. Services were 
eld in Falls City by the Rev. 
Imer Keck. She is survived by two 
aughters, and four grandchildren, 
lurial was in the Steele Cemetery, 
'alls City, Nebraska. 

Mrs. Edith Nevin, 76, a faithful 
member of the Flora First Brethren 
Church passed away on February 
9, 1973 after a short illness. She 
leaves two sons, two daughters and 
eleven grandchildren. She was pre- 
ceded in death by her husband and 
one son. Services were conducted at 
the church by Rev. C. Edward West. 
Interment was in the Rossville 


Mrs. Frank (Pauline) Wisner, a 
fe long member of the First 
rethren Church of Waterloo, Iowa, 
assed on to her eternal reward on 
ecember 24, 1972 at Schoitz Memo- 
;al Hospital in Waterloo. She was 
unday School Superintendent for 
lany years and also President of 
le W.M.S. for many years. She is 
irvived by her husband and one 
)n and one daughter. Funeral ser- 
ces were conducted by Rev. LeRoy 
auman from the Kimball Avenue 
ethodist Church in the absence of 
■;r regular pastor, Glenn Grum- 
ing, who was on vacation. Inter- 
ent was in Elmwood Cemetery. 


Mrs. Dorothy Todd Lam, wife of 
Fells Lam of Annandale, Virginia 
passed away on December 7, 1972. 
Mr. Fells Lam had pastored Breth- 
ren churches in the Southeast Dis- 
trict several years ago. A family 
service conducted by Rev. Marlin 
L. McCann and Graveside Services 
conducted by Rev. Doc Shank were 
held December 9, 1972. Interment 
was in the Mt. Olive Brethren 
Church Cemetery. A Memorial Ser- 
vice conducted by Rev. Wendell 
Filer was held on December 10, 1972 
at the Oakton, Virginia Church of 
the Brethren. 


Raymond Parcell passed away on 
March 7, 1973. He was a member of 
the New Paris Brethren Church 
and served as Assistant Sunday 
School Superintendent and Sunday 
School Treasurer. He was also a 
charter member of the Red Coats 
(volunteers) at the Goshen General 

He is survived by his wife 
Josephine, four sons, and a daugh- 
ter; two grandchildren; and one 

Funeral services were conducted 
by Pastor Robert P. Bischof and 
the Reverend Paul Tinkel. Inter- 
ment was in the New Paris 

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The Brethren Evangelist 



The Ohio District Board of Christian Education and 
the National BCE are developing a pUot camping pro- 
gram for Ohio Camp Bethany in 1973. Two Crusaders 
are working with the camp deans to explore and im- 
plement new approaches to Christian camping. 

Serving Ohio Camp Bethany 


Kenneth Van Duyne 
Tiosa (2) 

Ken Van Duyne is sei-ving as coordinator for the 
camping program. Ken is a second year Crusader from 
Tiosa Brethren Church. As a sophomore at Ashland 
College, he was a member of the varsity soccer team 
and captain of a Collegiate Crusader team. Ken is 
majoring in business administration and rehgion and 
is interested in Christian camp memagement as a 

m.t SK« » .". 

Charles Wayne Mullikin 
Oakville (1) 

Wayne Mullikin will assist Ken at Camp Bethany 
Wayne will be a high school senior in the fall. He is i. 
two-year letterman in track. Since becoming a Chris 
tian, Wayne has been active in an outreach visitatior 
program at the OakvLUe Brethren Church, in addition 
to his local BYC. He will be a first-year Crusader. 

Coming soon: the faces of more 1973 Summer Cm 
saders. Watch for them! 

Serving the Midwest 

Four girls will be serving seven churches in the 
Central, Midwest, and Southern Indiana Districts. The 
gals will use their past experience and talents to assist 
local churches with VBS, learning center activities, out- 
reach, and camp. AU four gals ai-e first-year Crusaders. 

Vpril 7, 1973 

Pa^e Fifteen 

Jemi Marie Donahiie 
County Line (1) 

Jean Donahue will captain the team. Jean is from 
he County Line Brethren Church, where she teaches 
lunday School. She has also been active in her local 
iisterhood and BYC and was a member of the 1967 
Jationial BYC Bible Quiz championship team (senior 
igh division). In addition to attending classes at 
ndiana University — South Bend Branch, Jean has 
forked as a volunteer with Headstart. 

Beniice Parks 
Vinco (1) 

Bemice Parks, heralding from Vinco, wUl be entering 
Conemaugh Valley School of Nursing in the fall of 1973. 
Bernice is president of her local Sisterhood, past presi- 
dent of her local BYC, and assistant secretary of Penn- 
sylvania District BYC. She also serves as a Sunday 
School teacher, is a member of the evangelism com- 
mittee in her church, and has worked as a camp 

Beth Ellen Gilmer 
West Alexandria (1) 
Beth GUmer, the teams "PK" (every team should 
ive one), is from the West Alexandria Brethren 
hurch. Beth is a member of the 1972-73 National BYC 
ouneil, representing the Miami Valley (Ohio) District, 
eth has been active at West Alex in VBS, BYC, the 
lurch choir, and the church visitation program. 

Sharon Stoffer 
Canton Trinity (1) 

Sharon Stoffer is the 1972-73 National BYC Statis- 
tician. Sharon has helped wdth VBS, Sunday School, 
and the nursery of her home church. Canton Trinity, 
in addition to two years as a camp counsellor. In high 
school she sang in the A Cappella Choir and j>erformed 
in tiiree musicals. She plans to attend Capital University 
in the fall. 

Page Sixteen '^1** Brethren Evang-elis( 


Earlier we listed several helpful audio-vistials 
for teachers and BYC sponsors. We also have 
training items in our Resource Library for other 
ivorkers in your church. Following are some of 
these items. 

NOTE: "CS-" prefix indicates a cassette; "FS-" 
prefix indicates a filmstrip. 


utes; no record; rental — $1.00. Emphasizes the spiritual nature of the 
work of the deacon. Its content is a compilation of methods now being 
used in churches for deacon-led visitation for spiritual growth. 

FS-T104 THE MINISTRY OF THE DEACON TODAY— 7:30 minutes; rental- 
Si. 00. Showing the development of the office of deacon from New 
Testament times to the present, this filmstrip gives emphasis to the re- 
sponsibility of the deacon today to be a minister. Included are qualifica- 
tions, tasks, and organization of deacons. 


FS-T105 SYMPOSIUM FOR USHEROLOGY— 12 minutes; rental— $1.00. A light, 
cartoon-style approach! This unusual filmstrip tells interestingly, enter- 
tainingly, the attributes one must have to be a good usher. Also includes 
a Church Usher Manual and a small booklet entiled "Church Ushering." 


BUILDING A BETTER SUNDAY SCHOOL Series (4); rental— $1.00 
each or $3.00 for entire series. Touching on four vital areas of every Sun- 
day School, this series will help you build a better Sunday School. 

FS-T301 I. ORGANIZATION— about 10 minutes. 

FS-T302 II. DEVELOPING THE WORKER— about 10 minutes. 

FS-T303 III. PLANNING THE PROGRAM— about 10 minutes. 

FS-T304 IV. EXPANSION— about 10 minutes. 

FS-T314 SO YOU'RE THE SUPERINTENDENT— about 20 minutes; rental— 
$1.00. Ross Canton tells other superintendents how he solved many of 
his Sunday School problems. He stresses the point that success was found 
not in a one-man show, but in working fellowship. 



produced in 1972; rental — $1.00 This filmstrip shows some of the needs 
of persons which can be met through VBS, and it reveals the outreach 
potential VBS provides. Can be used to inspire adults and older youth 
to become involved in VBS. 


CHRISTIAN CAMPING Series (4); rental— $1.00 each or $3.00 for entire 
series. This series is valuable for camp leadership training sessions, camp 
committees, and for sparking congregations into a new awareness and 
interest in Christian camping. 

FS-T801 I. OBJECTIVES— 11 minutes. 

FS-T802 II. ADMINISTRATION— 12 minutes. 

FS-T803 III. THE COUNSELOR— 10 minutes. 

FS-T804 IV. THE PROGRAM— 11 minutes. 

pril 7, 1973 

Pag-e Seventeen 


each or $3.00 for entire series. Never before has the world so needed to 
hear and understand the Church's message of Christian faith, nor has 
the church been so aware of its need to sharpen communication skills. 
This series offers the latest research findings available on the process 
of human communication. 
FS-T402 I. WHAT IS COMMUNICATION ?— 12 minutes. 
FS-T403 II. THE COMMUNICATORS— 10 minutes. 

See the AUDIO-VISUAL GUIDE for ordering procedure and further details. 
Send your order to: 

Board of Christian Education 
524 CoUege Avenue 
Ashland, OH 44805 



The third part of the project is $2,000 for the Summer 
rusader Fund. In 1970 the Cnisader program was 
;vived, as eight youth traveled to both ends of the 
)untry, working in mission churches, camps, and va- 
ition Bible schools. In 1971 and 72 the program was 
tpanded, both in number of personnel and in quality 
f program. The 1973 program will include thirty youth 
1 six teams: (1) a mission-faction team based in home 
dssion churches in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia; 
!) a mission-action team based in churches in Iowa, 
lebraska, Kansas, and Indiana; (3) a pilot camping 
■oject at Ohio Camp Bethany, with two Crusaders 
i'veloping new angles in Christian camping; (4) a team, 
ised at the Crestwood Brethren Church, Fort Wayne, 
diana, exploring a total outreach approach to reaching 
ildren, youth, and adults in that location for Christ 
id the church; (5) a ministry to the elderly through 

Brethren Care in Ashland {and possibly the Brethren 
Home in Flora); and (6) a musical/ evangelism team, 
working with KEY '73 in communities in Ohio and 

The purposes of the Summer Crusader program are: 
(1) to provide churches and agencies of our denomina- 
tion with a variety of ministries, which norm,ally they 
would not be able to undertake alone, and (2) to give 
Brethren Youth an opportunity for short term "mission" 
work in locations of need or out-standing potential. The 
contribution to the Crusader Fund from the National 
BYC Financial Budget helps the Board of Christian 
Education continue to provide this service to our church 
and to our youth. 

(Pictures of some of the 1973 Summer Crusaders 
appear in this issue; others wiU follow later.) 


National BYC Financial Budget 

National BCE Administrative Expenses $3,000.00 

National BYC Projects 4,000.00 

For a Worship Center at Brethren 

Care, Inc., the new Brethren 

Home located in Ashland $1,400.00 

For travel assistance for delegates 

to 1974 Nat. BYC Convention 

from 6 western churches 

(Lathrop, Manteca, and 

Stockton, CA; Papago Park and 

Tucson, AZ and Cheyenne, WY. 600.00 

For the Summer Crusader Program 2,000.00 

National BYC Council Travel Exp. (73-74) 700.00 

Special Programs 200.00 

Project Promotion 50.00 

TOTAL $7,950.00 

Page Eighteen 

The Brethren Evangeli 



We youth here at South Bend have been very busy. 
The first meeting for the new year was in October. We 
had our elections. The 1972-73 officers are: Pres.— Miiie 
Sittig, V-Pres. — Judith Goodricl<, Sec. — Cindy Lightfoot, 
Treas. — John Hollister. Our new sponsors are Mr. and 
Mrs. Riciiard Sittig, who are going to help Mr. and 
Mrs. Jim Lightfoot. This year we are using the Alpha 
Teen material. In October we had a Christmas napkin 
sale. We also planned a trip to Flora to the Brethren 
Home, but weather did not permit us to go, so we will 
plan it at a later date. We voted to have an early morn- 
ing breakfast at Easter. A Halloween party was planned 
at the President's home. It was a masquerade party. 
Not to much happened in November. 

In December we fiUed small felt boots with cane 
and went caroling. We passed out the small boots 
shut4ns. December 31 we had an aU-church New Yeaii 
Eve Party. We had old time movies, ping-pong and tab 
games (chess, checkers, yachtzee, etc.) eind FOOD! Thi 
at 11:30 we had a candle light service. At 12:00 we rai 
in the New Year with noise makers, clappers, and bel 

On January 26 we had a chili-supper. The menu w 
chili, cole slaw, cake, and beverages. We made abo 
$125.00 and presented $65.00 to the church for the bi 
As you can tell we have been very busy. 

— ^Cindy Lightfoot, 
South Bend BYC Seoretari 


The West Alexandria BYC is growing by leaps and 
bounds! As of now, we have 60 members which makes 
us the largest registered youth group in the denomina- 
tion, and we are still growing. Our officers are as fol- 
lows: President — Curt Davis, Vice President — Cormie 
Waymire, Secretary — ^Carol French, Reporter — Sterling 
Oswalt. Youth sponsors are Bob French, Marilyn Ward, 
Pat McKinney, and Betty Marker. 

We have been busy with money-making projects in 
order to make the $600.00 we pledged to send to con- 
ference this year. The BYC sold candy apples and 
waffles at the Oktoberfest which is held in West 
Alexandria every October. We have sponsored two paper 
drives, one on September 9 and one on February 10. 
On Febi-uary 17, we had a bake sale which was held at 
the local grocery store. We are mow in the process of 
selling candy bars. Future plans include a Walk-a-thon 
with the Gratis youth. 

On December 17, the Senior High youth put on a 
Christmas play called "The Shoemaker's Dream." We 
spent many weeks in practice and felt the play was a 
big success and had a wonderful message. 

The last Miami Valley youth rally w£is held at our 
church on January 21. Approximately 200 youth and 

adults attended activities and the evening progr 
which featured Tom ShlU, a bUnd teenager from Dayt i, 
who sang and gave his testimony for Christ. He \|S 
thoroughly enjoyed by aU. 

The West Alexandria church is also growing and e 
youth are playing a vital part in this growth. ( r 
visitation program includes the youth calling ev y 
Wednesday night while the adults have the regi r 
Bible study at the church. Our church now has tl e 
buses and the youth plan to go calling on Saturd s 
to help promote the bus routes. In the near future, e 
plan to help a neighboring community pass out Key '3 
literature since they don't have many churches bad g 
this movement. 

In addition to adult church on Sunday morning, 'e 
now have children's church and beginner's chu h. 
Three of our youth, Connie Waymire, Wanda Sp r. 
and Dave Marker, are in charge of the begiinr 's 
church and some of the youth help in childi I's 
church also. 

The youth of West Alexandria are not only the ch 'h 
of tomorrow but the church of today! 

—Beth Gilmer 


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rhey nailed Him high upon the tree 
5o every passer-by could see. 
rhey did not know (or did not care) 
:t was My Savior hanging there. 

rie must have hung His head in shame 
ATien He heard them revile His name; 
\nd, too, what moral laws they broke! 
rhey even gambled for His cloak. 

'Father, forgive them!" is what He cried, 
A^ile hanging there before He died, 
rhough they had treated Him shamefully, 
le shed their guilt and set them free. 

'Today in Paradise you'll be" 
Another soul from sin set free; 
rhe thief who hung at Jesus' side, 
deceived salvation e'er he died. 

'Woman and son; Behold each other!" 
\ beloved, friend and His own Mother. 
|Vith loving care He laid the plans 
For her to be left in tender hands. 


ie felt alone while hanging there 
j^'hey heard Him pray another prayer. 
My God, My God, if this must be, 
Vhy has't Thou forsaken Me?" 

'he time wore on, His suffering grew; 
he grief, and, pain and agony too 
Vere quite, enough to make Him cry 
I thirst!" But they left Him there to die. 

he cry "It is finished!" rent the air, 

he Centurian guard that was standing there, 

oldly announced to all the mob 

Ti-uly this Man was the Son of God!" 

Father, My spirit is in Thy hands 
'hy Will has been done, fulfillment stands." 
\e then, bowed His head and gave up the ghost, 
'is life He gave. He had paid the cost! 

ut the grave held Him not, the stone rolled away 
e came forth triumphant that Glorious Day! 
e brought us Salvation, from sin set us free, 
e lives on forever, within you and me. 

—Delia P. Davis 


Mrs. Walter (Delia) Davis is a Deaconess and 

Sunday School Teacher at the Sarasota, 

Florida Brethren Church. 

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BRINK of Warren, Oh., leader of the nationally-known 
Warren Junior Military Band for 43 years and retired 
music director of Austintown (Oh.) Fitch High School 
Band, heads a list of award recipients in the 24th 
annual National Awards program sponsored by Free- 
doms Foundation at Valley Forge, Pa. 

Hurrelbrinli has been named recipient of the 1972 
GEORGE WASHINGTON AWARD, the highest honor 
given to an individual by Freedoms Foundation at 
Valley Forge. 

Hurrelbrink and 42 principal awardees will be hon- 
ored in ceremonies Monday at 2 p.m., at the Valley 
Forge Mihtary Academy. They and 2,104 other individ- 
uals, organizations and corporations who will receive 
awards in local ceremonies later in the year are hon- 
ored for "their constructive words and deeds which have 
supported America, suggested solutions to basic prob- 
lems besetting the nation, contributed to responsible 
citizenship and inspired love of country in 1972." 

Recipient for this year's awards were chosen in 
December, 1972 by a National Awards Jury of state 
supreme court jurists and representatives of national 
veterans, service, civic and patriotic organizations. Dr. 
Carroll W. Biggs of Wilmington, Del., member of the 
executive committee, American Association of School 
Administrators, was jury chairman. 

In emnouncing the award, General Harold K. Johnson 
US Army (Ret.) Freedoms Foundation president, saii 
Hurrelbrink was selected because of his "43 years o 
dedicated and tireless service and the sterling principle 
of loyalty and integrity by which he has guided th 
Warren Junior Military Band." 

The award and a $5,000 check will be presented t 
Hurrelbrink by the trustees and directors of Freedom 
Foundation at Valley Forge, for "exemplifying th 
meaning of honesty, sincerity, hard work and prid 
and for instilling the values of sportsmanship, tean,' 
work and love of country among the many youn 

A native of Toledo, Oh., Hurrelbrink started lii 
musical career when he was 12, playing the Frenc 
Horn. He studied first horn at the Cincinnati Conse 
vatory of Music and later became a first-chair musicia 
vidth the Cleveland Symphony. He began his teachin 
career in 1930 and for the next 17 years taught mus 
in five different school systems in Ohio. He was ban 
director of Austintown Fitch High School for 24 yeai 
in music education. 

Hurrelbrink continues to direct the Warren Junii 
Military Band which has developed into one of the mo; 
inspiring "American Way" institutions in the natio 
Under his superb leadership, the bandsmen ha\ 
established an enviable record of young America at i 
best in numerous performances all over Ohio, ai 
throughout the United States, Canada and six Europe? 
countries. The band has won 20 national militai 
championships. Hurrelbrink has conducted about 4,3i 
regular band rehearsals since he took over the bai 
in 1930. About 5,200 young people — 12 to 21 years o 
from 40 area junior and senior high schools and near! 
colleges — have been touched by his unabashi _ 

The Warren band received international acclaim i 
its 1971 "Hands Across the Seas" 22-day goodwl 
musical tour of six European countries — Holism 
Germany, Italy, France and Switzerland. The $60,0t 
needed for the trip was earned through dinners, c 
washes, concerts and other projects. The band pass* 
up an expense-paid invitation to Germany in 1936 1" 
then German Chancellor Adolph Hitler. 

Hurrelbrink, age 63, lives at 1115 Perkinswo» 
Avenue, Warren. 

Others to be honored at the ceremony are: 

SOL FEINSTONE of Washington Crossing, P' 
philanthropist, author of scholarly articles on freedo 
and collector of original historical documents a' 
manuscripts, will be presented with the AMERICA' 
PATRIOT'S MEDAL for his "dedication to the Judo 
Christian ideals of service to others, generous cent' 
butions of libraries and original manuscripts to orgr 
izations, colleges and universities, and selfless supp« 
and encouragement to the advancement of hui) 

Feinstone, 84-year old Lithuanian-born Jewish imi 
grant, is the father of actor Ezra Stone. Feinstone cai 
to America at 14 with exactly one cent but manag' 
throughout the years to better himself economic 
as a farmer, teacher and chemist. 

kpiil 7, 1973 

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Syracuse University, the Institute for .American 
strategy, Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, 
Vashington Crossing State Parli, Washington Crossing 
■lementary school. Temple University, St. Lawrence 
Jniversity, Jewish Theological Seminary of America 
nd West Point have benefitted by Feinstone's muni- 
icence and services. He also gave a six-story building 
nd financial assistance to a Philadelphia branch of 
)pportunities Industrialization Center. 

REV. MELVIN FLOYD of Philadelphia, Pa., a 
ormer policeman and an ordained Baptist minister, 

r "his selfless and courageous determination to serve 
od and fellow man; for his exemplary decision to 

ckle the problems of man's inhumanity to man and 

r the courage to follow his convictions and his deep 
ompassion for youth." 

Rev. Floyd was a full-time policeman for 13 and a 
alf years and a part time Baptist minister for the last 
2ven years of his service on the Philadelphia Police 
orce. He worked out of the police Community Rela- 
ims Bureau. 

Rev. Floyd, who resigned in 1972 from the police 
epartment, gave up an opportunity to retire in six and 

half years at age 44 at about 70 percent of his salary 

about $12,000 a year. 

Rev. Floyd, age 37, is now devoting his efforts to 
irecting the Neighborhood Crusades Center, a non- 
I'ofit evangelistic organization aimed to help alleviate 
le youth problem in a sector of Philadelphia. He is 
be father of three girls. 

'JAMES W. WALTER of Tampa, Fla., founder and 

.lairman of the board of Home Building and Allied 

Voducts Co., will receive the FREE ENTERPRISE 

'XEMPLAR MEDAL. Walter conducted a nationwide 

)mpetition. Youth Enterprise Awards, a program 

^signed to reward 25 of the nation's most outstanding 

Jung entrepreneurs between the gaes of 18 and 25. 

The award to Walter is in recognition of his unique 

ogram "advancing the cause of free enterprise among 

,mng people and extolling the virtues of a free society 

sential to individual freedom." 

ARMISTEAD MAUPIN, JR., of San Francisco, Ca., 
rmer Navy officer and a feature writer and reporter 
r the Associated Press, will be presented with the 
solve to demonstrate willing support of the Viet- 
imese struggle against the Communists through the 
luntary efforts of American civilians." 
Maupin, age 2S, ex-Navy lieutenant, served on 
Imiral Elmo R. Zumwalt's staff in Saigon and with 
e river patrol along the Cambodian border. 
Putting his compassion for the South Vietnamese 
to action, Maupin organized the Cat Lai Commune, 
•; group of 10 Vietnam Veterans who returned as 
yilians to IndoChina to build a 20-unit housing 
IjOject for disabled Vietnamese veterans, widows and 
•jphans in a small village East of Saigon. The former 
•'jfvicemen performed the manual labor without pay. 
Maupin was staff reporter for the Charleston (S.C.) 
*ws and Courier at the time he returned to Saigon 

the summer of 1971 to do volunteer work. Maupin, 
n of Mr. & Mrs. Armistead Maupin of Raleigh, N.C., 
IS a 1966 graduate of the University of North Carolina 

Chapel Hill and attended UNC Law School a year. 

GEORGE M. MARDIKIAN, owner of the celebrated 
Omar Khayyam's restaurant in San Francisco, Ca., 
for "his deep and abiding love for his adopted America." 
Mardikian, 70-years old, an Armenian-born immigrant 
who found success in the United States, has dedicated 
himself to trying to make people cognizant of the bless- 
ings of freedom and the true meaning of America. 

Since coming to this country 52 years ago, he has 
risen from an unknown dishwasher to a famous 
restaurateur. He has criss-crossed the country speaking 
before groups on the "dignity of being an American 
and reselling Americans on their heritage." 

He has served under five presidents of the U.S., as 
a food authority. While serving as a food consultant 
to the U.S. Army during World War II and Korea Con- 
flict, he traveled the globe at his own expense to help 
improve the preparation of servicemen's food. 

"Hard work plus faith in yourself, faith in your 
country and faith in God" is Mardikian's recipe for 




SERMON— Rev. Dr. Harry R. Butman, pastor of 
Congregational Church of the Messiah, Los Angeles, 
Ca., awarded for his Memorial Day Sermon, "The 
Stones of Remembrance," May 23, 1972. 

PUBLIC ADDRESS— Robert H. Rowland, Oklahoma 
City, Ok., executive vice president, American Citizen- 
ship Center, Oklahoma Christian College for his 
speech, "Citizenship, Two Roads," delivered before 
students at a patriotic assembly of the Crooked Oak 
High School in Oklahoma City. 

COLLEGE CAMPUS— Oklahoma Christian College, 
Oklahoma City, Ok., whose American Citizenship 
Center conducted citizenship seminars and an 
Institute for Constitutional Studies Program. 

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS— Department of Cahfornia 
American Legion Auxiliary, San Francisco, Ca., for 
a series of year-long Americanism activities and a 
special "Let's Honor America Day" program. 

CARTOON — ^Eugene Craig, cartoonist for Columbus 
(Oh.) Dispatch for his creation, "The Road He Sur- 
veyed," depicting George Washington surveying a 
road with signposts — "patriotism, faith, courage 
under hardship and honesty" — directing the only way 
for today's youth to go. 

EDITORIAL— George W. Kelly, editor of the Johnson 
City (Tn.) Press-Chronicle, for his opinion, "A New 
Declaration," published on Independence Day, July 
4, 1972. 

PUBLISHED ARTICLES— United States Senator Rob- 
ert C. Byrd, (D. -W. Va.) for "In Defense of Con- 
servatism," published in "The New Guard." 

LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR — Dr. James S. Speese 
Springfield, Mo., pastor of Woodland Heights Pres- 
byterian Church for his special Memorial Day mes- 
sage, "Have You Forgotten, America?" published 
in the Springfield (Mo.) Sunday News and Leader. 

ECONOMIC EDUCATION— Junior Achievement, Inc., 
New York City, for developing guidelines and re- 
source materials for business minded teen-age mem- 
bers, and for conducting workshops, seminars and 
conferences on free enterprise. 

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YOUTH PUBLIC ADDRESS— Don Gleason of Nash- 
ville, Tn., 18-year old orator and Cohn High School 
graduate Class of '72, for speech, "I Believe in 
America," presented at a council meeting of Civitan 




(Pa.) Fire Department, Joseph Rizzo, Commissioner, 
for educating youth in fire prevention, patriotism and 
citizenship responsibilities. 
AMERICANA— Campus Crusade for Christ Interna- 
tional, San Bernardino, Ca., Dr. William R. Bright, 
president, for EXPLO 72, the International Student 
Congress on Evangelism. 

Civitan International, Birmingham, Al., William 
Haehnel, Jr., president, for national Americanism 
activities and youth citizenship programs. 

Colgate-PalmoUve Co., New York, N.Y., David R. 
Foster, president, for the Help Young America con- 
tribution campaign to five of America's leading youth 
groups — Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of 
America, Boys Clubs of America, Girls Clubs of 
America, and Camp Fire Girls. 

Denver Technological Center, Inc. Englewood Co., 
George M. Wallace, president, for Festival America, 
a four-day old-fashioned Fourth of July program. 

Duquesne Light Co., Pittsburgh, Pa., John M. 
Arthur, chairman of the board, and Flag Plaza 
Foundation, Pittsburgh, Pa., Edwin H. Gott, president, 
for the "You Are The Flag" youth essay contest, a 
Vexillological Expedition and an Ecology Leadership 

Veterans of Foreign Wars, Kansas City, Mo., 
Patrick E. Carr, Commander-in-Chief, for the "Voice 
of Democracy" youth scriptwriting contest. Drug 

Abuse Education and citizenship recognition pro 

NATIONAL ADVERTISING — Newell Manufacturing 
Co., San Antonio, Tx., Alton S. Newell, president, foi 
a full-page patriotic advertisement in the Wall Stree 
Journal, "A New Year's Letter Praising God an( 

LOCAL ADVERTISING— San Joaquin First Federa 
Savings & Loan Assoc, Stockton, Ca., WilUam E 
Chapman, president, for "The Federalist Campaign, 
a series of advertisements focused on early Grea 
Americans — Washington, Franklin, Hamilton an' 
contemporary leaders — Eisenhower, Kennedy an' 
others. The William F. Golden Advertising Co., r«i 
ceives an identical award. 

Co., Va., for the company's quarterly publicatioi* 
"The Iron Worker," which featured articles on sped? 
events in America's history. B. J. HiUman, edito: 
receives an identical award. 

Club, Toledo, Oh., for a series of inspiring articki 
directed toward building strong loyalties to Americ 
and strengthening family ties. 

RADIO— WKDN-FM Radio, Family Radio Networ 
Camden, N.J., Harold Camping, president, for 
July 4th program, "A Tribute to America." 

York, N.Y., Leonard H. Goldenson, president, 
program, "We Hold These Truths," from "Roo 
222" series. The following sponsors will receii 
identical awards — Avon Products, Inc., Beech-Nv 
Inc., Bristol-Myers Co., all of New York: Campb 
Soup Co., Camden, N.J.; and General Mills, In 
Minneapolis, Mn. 

MOTION PICTURE — Norton Simon Inc., New Yo 
City, for a filmed presentation spotlighting the IS 
"Congressional Medal of Honor Society Patric 
Award" ceremony. 




"He was going to be aU that a mortal could be — TOMORROW! 

No one should be kinder or braver than he — TOMORROW! 

A friend who was troubled and weary he knew. 

Who'd be glad of a lift — and who needed it too; 

On him he would call and see what he could do — TOMORROW! 

Each morning he stacked up the letters he'd write — TOMORROW! 

And thought of the folk he would fiU with deUght— TOMORROW ! 

It was too bad indeed, he was busy today. 

And hadn't a minute to stop on his way; 

'More time I will have to give to others', he'd say,— 'TOMORROW' ! 

The greatest of workers this man would have been — TOMORROW! 

The world would have known him had he ever seen — TOMORROW! 

But the fact is, he died and he faded from view, 

And all that he left here, when living was through. 

Was a mountain of things he intended to do— TOMORROW! 

from the Gratis Lamplighter 

Lpril 7, 1973 

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World Religious 'News 


in Keview 

:abbi critical of 


New York (EP)— A sane voice 
mong Jewish protesitaitions oif evan- 
elical outreach has been raised by 
abbi Henry Siegman, executive 
ice president of the Synagogue 
ouncil of America. He charges tlmt 
•iticism by some Jewish leaders of 
ey 73 is "alarmist," and says it 
111 be harmful to Jewish interests. 
Rabbi Siegman, director of an 
'ganization serving as an umbrella 
>r Reform, Conservative and some 
rthodox rabbinical and oongrega- 
anal organizations, said that the 
hreat to Jewish survival in mod- 
■n society" does not come from 
tiristian proselytism 
"It comes instead from religious 
difference, from the allurements 
a secular and irreligious society," 
■ stated in the Feb. 9 issue of 
ingress Bi-Weekly, a magazine of 
e American Jewish Congress. 
"A Christian understanding of 
daism can emerge only out of the 
iristian faith experience," he said, 
'liere is therefore a certain irrele- 
'nce to suggestions made by Jews 
Christians concerning the status 
Judaism in Chrisitian faith, for 
Jew can speak out of the Chris- 
n faith experience." 
ie caUed the Key 73 continent- 
ie evangelistic effort "personally 
appealing" (objecting to the em- 
asis on sin, the promise of easy 
vation and its promotional and 
nipulative approach) and de- 
red that "those few Jews who 
'1 convert will do so because we 
'■e allowed Jewish hfe to become 
secularized, so emptied of tran- 
' ndent meaning, that some of our 
' Idren wUl turn to Christianity and 
'Other faiths in order to fiU a 
'able spiritual void." 
i-abbi Siegman's views were called 
' the American Jewish Congress 
"potentially divisive and dam- 
ng" for Jewisih<:hristian rela- 


Detroit (EP)— Plans by Detroit to 
close its schools next month for 
eight weeks due to a lack of funds 
is immoral, according to the mod- 
erator of the United Presbyterian 

C. Williard Heckel of Bloomfield, 
N.J., head of the three-million- 
member denomination for one year, 
feels that "churches ought to be 
making sure that the schools don't 
close." Churches ought to "speak to 
their members on how they voted 
in the election" in which proposals 
on school financing were turned 
down, Heckel said. 

"It is immoral that a society 
would hurt its young people. They 
are the most precious thing a city 
has," Heckel said. 


New York (EP)— Protestant theo- 
logians and religious leaders have 
had varying reactions to the 
Supreme Court's ruling that a 
woman having a physician-.approved 
abortion during the first three 
months of pregnancy may not be 

Opinions range from approval of 
abortion-on-demand to rejectiO'ns as 
strong as any made by Roman Cath- 
ohcs and Eastern Orthodox. 

While some churches advocate 
non-restrictive laws m the context 
of individuial decision, no Protestant 
denomination has said abortion 
should be approached casually All 
stress the seriousness of an abortion 
decision. None have tried to define 
when hfe begins. 

However, few denominational con- 
ventions have occurred yet since the 
January Supreme Court decision 
and statements on the issue probably 
will come wdth the spring and 


Macoii, Ga. (EP)— "You've got to 
be dumb and ignorant to mess 
around with drugs and alcohol," 
comedian Dick Gregory told stu- 
dents at Mercer University here. 

He warned that the use of reefers 
and alcohol "can turn a healthy 
body into a sick, degenerated, weak 
body. It's just like borrowing 
money from the bank — one day you 
have to pay it back." 

The lecturer, speaking at the Bap- 
tist school's "Insight" lecture series, 
drew numerous rounds of applause 
and standing ovations during his 
two-hour speech. 



Seattle (EP)— Moisit young people 
in the United States feel that porn- 
ography and the pornographic in- 
dustry have had a detrimental effect 
on society. 

This canvass of youth in aU parts 
of the nation revealed that nearly 
six in every ten feel that porno- 
graphy is harmful. 

The same survey indicated, how- 
ever, that a slight majority said 
they would oppose an increase in 
censorsihip of "questionable movies, 
magazines, or books." 

On the issue of pornography, four 
times as many noncollege youths 
were against it as were their peers 
in college. 

The survey was conducted by tele- 
phoning 926 persons between 18 and 
24 and was copyrighted by the 
Unidex Corporation. 


Madison, N.J. (EP) _ The 30- 
minute TV launching for Key 73, 
"Faith in Action," was seen by some 
75 million people in North America, 
says Virgil MegiU, director of the 
Key 73 Mass Media Office here. 

The color film was canied on 
667 stations and will be shown to 
another 100 stations overseas on the 
Armed Forces Network. 

Directors say the year-long evan- 
geUstic thrust now involves 150 
religious bodies representing 95 i>er 
cent of aU Christians in North 

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by Byang H. Kcrt 

HENRY VENN'S famous formula coined in 1861 as 
a definition of the autonomous chuich — self- 
supporting, self-governing and self -propagating (exten- 
sion! — has been so misused that massive education is 
necessary to review the thinking of both the donor 
and the recipient in mission-church giving. It should be 
noted that the Anglican High Church clergy was react- 
ing violently against the dictorial paternalistic fervor of 
the Anglican missionaries in Venn's days. Venn's con- 
cern was the growth to maturity of the national church. 
"If he seems to us to assume too readily that the 
missionary task is finished when the new church is 
established, that is due not to any lack of concern for 
'native Christians' but, on the contrary, to this con- 
viction that as long as they are supervised by the mis- 
sion they cannot come of age, nor gain spiritual 
maturity." (The Responsible Church and The Foreign 
Mission, by Peter Beyerhaus and Henry Lefever, p. 28). 
To use the three-"selfs" formula as a cover for reluc- 
tance to assist the young church overseas is to miss 
the point. The major concern should be the growth of 
the church of Christ in the foreign land. 

Herbert Kane has rightly represented the positi' 
of the church in the third world. After indicating Ik 
mission cum government institution will continue 
flourish, he asserted "Whereas the churches, woefu 
weak and poor, are left to fend for themselves." • 
then cautioned, "The indigenous church will requ ' 
moral and material aid from the outside" (Mm 
Monthly, Nov., 1969). 

Is should be remembered that the whole idea of ■ 
church aiding the other is a New Testament princli,- 
The Macedonian church happily exercised this gr - 
by sending unsohcitated gifts to the needy Christ i 
brothers and sisters in Jerusalem (Rom. 15:26-: • 
Who should help whom in terms of home-field relat' i- 
ships is immaterial. Antioch, and not Jerusalem, vs 
the home church of Paul and Barnabas, so there is.o 
need to advocate that churches in developing nati S 
should send aid to the churches in advanced natii s. 
Macedonian donation was sent on the basis of n X 
as an affirmation of the true catholic nature of '« 
church of Jesus Christ, and as an exercise of a gi * 
(2 Cor. 8:1, 21 which was seen as a privilege ra ?r 


April 7, 1973 

Page Twenty-five 

than a responsibility grudgingly fulfilled after a series 
of "mission conferences organized by women's aux- 
iliaries." The gospel as the power of God unto salva- 
tion was meant to break down not only spiritual walls 
but also economic walls as much as possible. 

Although it is necessary to stress the need and 
privilege of giving, we must face the problem of the 
effect of giving on the younger churches. How can we 
know when foreign aid will promote church growth or 
stifle it? The middle man in the new ball game is the 
missionary. He is at the point of screaming, "We are 
pressed on everyside" (2 Cor. 4:8, ASV). At the Green 
Lake convention, North American pastors strongly 
charged the mission boards "for standing in the way 
between us and our brothers overseas." In a recent 
"think session" some keen Christian university students 
in Nigeria confronted the Sudan Interior Mission and 
the leaders of their indigenous church, the Evangelical 
IChurches of West Africa (ECWA), with this challenge: 
I'SIM has been supported from its foundation by over- 
seas churches. One would have expected the mission to 
introduce ECWA, the fruit of the mission work, to 
overseas churches, but there seems to be no effort made 
||to this end; in fact, one would suppose that the SIM 
^cts as a deliberate barrier between ECWA and over- 
peas churches interested in it." 

' Many national church leaders would see some truth 
n this allegation. And many more would at least plead 
or more support from overseas than what is given 
At the present stage in her development, the ability 
>f the church in Africa to contribute personnel out- 
Veighs her ability to contribute financially" (Africa 
^low. May/ June 1971, p. 4). 
There are some valid reasons why the "middle man" 
as had to be tossed around. Some missionaries have 
ailed to measure up to the trust committed to them, 
lalf-truths in deputation, stories for self-promotion, 
ot telhng the nationals the true situation in North 
.merica, jealousy for the academic progress of the 
ational Christians, fear of losing their position — these 
nd many other reasons are causes of mistrust of the 
middle man." 

Many times when a missionary leaves his station or 
le field of his work, the station is considered closed 
fen though a faithful national colleague is laboring 
1 faithfully with great results. This has led many 
itionals to doubt if Americans are really interested 
the growth of the Lord's work. It was humorously 
■marked at Green Lake, "Where the American dollar 
I, there he must be in person. If he is not there, his 
;)llar must not go." The suspicion is more than a point 

L humor in the national. Many really believe that 
erican Christians are interested only in their own 
(an there. 

'The problem lies not only in the missionary. Many 
•lurches are either too gullible or they have indiscreet 
lithusiasm. The strong demand at Green Lake to "let 
i deal directly with our brothers" cannot be the solu- 
lin. Many pastors and students forget the long process 
jat goes into the making of a missionary or a national 
jiristian leader. A national high school boy, who knows 
■fry little apart from the 30 miles around his home 
I^Ti except through books, is more easily believed 
• out what obtains in the church overseas than the 
' ssionary. An American pastor went on a three weeks' 

tour of a mission operation in an African country. After 
"discussing" with a school boy who was just learning 
French (the American pastor knew only English), he 
returned home and reported that the money his church 
was pouring into the work was not bearing fruit. A 
student had told him they were not learning anything, 
he reported. 

The national church cannot be exempted from being 
part of the problem of foreign aid. While the American 
pastors might have had a primarily spiritual emphasis 
in their desire to deal directly with "our brothers in 
the foreign field," many nationals would have had 
material benefits as their primary motivation. There 
are numerous cases where "begging letters" have 
flooded homes and churches in North America from 
Africa. It is true that many of the "beggars" are not 
bona fide leaders of the church. But some churches 
have had to pass some strong rules in Nigeria to 
restrain indiscriminate correspondence. Similarly, mis- 
sion leaders have had to arduously check the missionary 
"prayer letters." It should also be pointed out that 
many local church groups are not aware of the overall 
operation of the mission and the church. National 
churches have threatened to withdraw from the mother 
mission/church organization "because they refused to 
build a hospital in our town." 

Individual national students many times fail to see 
the need of the Lord's work as a whole. A Nigerian 
student was given a scholarship to study in North 
America for a theological degree. After completing the 
course, he asked for another degree in a secular field. 
This was also granted him with the hope that it would 
enable him to pursue a higher degree in theology. Upon 
completion of second degree, the student applied to 
take a third degree in a different lie. He was then ad- 
vised either to return home or to pursue a second 
degree in theology. The student became bitter, and 
began to circulate letters to churches saying that the 
mission had withdrawn his scholarship for no just 
reason. Without looking into the matter, a gullible 
American Christian would rush to this student's 
support "to help build up the church in Africa." An 
unjust condemnation of the mission and national church 
leadership concerned would ensue. 

Apart from the foregoing illustrations of possible 
abuses, it is also possible that a bona fide gift could 
hinder the growth of the church. Dr. Louis King's illus- 
tration at Green Lake is not an isolated case. "Pastors 
and congregations annually made demands for more 
and more money from abroad. Instead of an attitude of 
love, care, and self-sacrifice on the part of a pastor, his 
feeling toward his congregation was, T get my salary 
paid whether you like me or not.' The congregation 
thought, 'What is the use of worrying about it. The 
pastor gets paid whether or not we provide for him and 
whether or not we like him ...'... In one instance, 
the church had given the missionaries six months to 

A child lavished with gifts indiscriminately without 
sense of responsibility soon becomes a spoiled child. 
Once a church in Nigeria that used to receive huge 
amounts of money from overseas has grown to the 
place of blindness to the scriptural reasons for the 
existence of the church. It is not uncommon in that 

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church denomination to find a huge piano costing 
$50,000 while there is no evangelism program or organ- 
ized church instruction classes of any type. Many of 
the churches are not growing, and the members are 
starving spiritually. Bread-on-the-plate type of aid may 
not be the only reason for a stagnating church, but 
churches that have been taught responsibility and sac- 
rifice are the most evangelistic and growing churches 
in Nigeria. We must not, however, shut our eyes to the 
glaring fact that some worit has suffered because of a 
lack of human compassion. 

If foreign aid is to help rather than hinder the work 
of the Lord, it must be given us unto the Lord, and 
received too as God's money. There must be a strong 
element of trust all around. To bypass the existing 
mission agencies is not going to be the solution. It will 
only generate animosity between the missionaries and 
the national church; and when the emotional fervor 
evaporates, or some unhappy experience occurs, the 
bond of love between American and African Christians 
will break down. Such a situation could have a devas- 
tating effect on the body of Christ. 

Missionaries too should have confidence in the 
nationals. The commonly heard phrase, "you cannot 
trust the national" must be dropped and humble 
repentance offered for the past action. Merely because 
one Nigerian boy steals some cookies in the mission- 
ary's kitchen (would he give him even of the leftover 
any way?) does not mean that all Nigerians are thieves. 
It is true that there have been cases of dishonesty 
among the nationals, but missionaries, let alone 
Americans as a whole, cannot all be excused from dis- 
honesty. This does not amount to, "You cannot trust 
Americans." Nationals, too, need to realize that the 
missionary is a saint in the making. He can rightly cry, 
"Be patient, God is not finished with me yet." The mis- 
sionary is there because God calls him. Just because 
one missionary has obstructed the way of progress of 
one national does not mean that all missionaries are 
there to hinder our progress. What Dr. John Mbiti of 
Kenya has said is a fact to be reckoned with when we 
consider the development that has occurred in Africa. 
"I see mission Christianity, therefore, as making a real 
contribution and progress in Africa, in spite of criti- 
cisms that could rightly be laid against it" (African 
Religions and Philosophy, by John Mbiti, Frederick A. 
Praeger, New York. p. 40). 

The principle of partnership, where there is mutual 
confidence, should provide the guideline of provision of 
any foreign aid. The mission and church leaders need 
to understand each other. Training in the Scriptures 
and cultural anthropology, seasoned with patient 
acquiring of experience, cannot be overemphasized. 
Right spiritual relationships with the Lord of the har- 
vest, of course, is absolutely necessary for the parties 
involved. Given these qualities, churches in the Western 
world should then seek to operate primarily through 
mission-church leadership in a given foreign territory. 
They are the men on the spot who can determine the 
weight of priorities. 

The principle of partnership has worked in Nigeria, 
though weaknesses may not be denied. Within three 
years, SIM has spent several thousand dollars in 
various building projects. Before any of the money was 
expended, mission and church leaders sat down together 

and outlined the priorities, since there are so manj 
needs and so little money to spend. One decision taker 
was that rural churches did not need an elaborate build 
ing such as is required in major cities where the gov 
ernment requires a certain standard of building to be 
achieved. The class of people to be reached in the cities 
is also different. The cheap labor available in the rural 
district is absent in the urban communities. So only kej 
centers would qualify for the foreign aid available. The 
aid was not going to be doled out indiscriminately 
either. Some of it would be given as a gift, and another 
portion on a loan basis, but both were to be given onl> 
when the local community had contributed a certair 
percentage. Thus, local initiative was stirred and manj 
new buildings have been constructed. This has enhanced 
church growth. In some cases the loan given has beer 
paid back in shorter time than promised. This is be 
cause the building, with other elements, has drawn ir 
a higher class of people. 

Cooperation is required in any program. The principle 
of indigenization should begin the day the first mission 
ary steps on the indigenous soil. Where programs havi 
started as a mission's "own thing," problems have mul 
tiplied in the transition days. One mission complaine( 
about a national church that reluctantly accepted ai^ 
elaborate medical program only to sell it to the govern 
ment and use the money for the felt need. While om, 
does not want to sit in judgment on such a case, it i 
apparent that local involvement was lacking at th 

Two programs have been started by the Suda 
Interior Mission and the Evangelical Churches of Wes, 
Africa. One has been embraced as a baby of the churcl 
the other one is still looked upon as a baby of the mis 
sion. The primary reason is the way each prograr. 
was initiated. In 1946, both the SIM and the nations 
church (which did not become ECWA until ten year 
later) jointly started the African Missionary Societ: 
with a Nigerian as the Leader and a missionar 

The AMS, which is today called the Evangelic;' 
Missionary Society, has over 100 families involvei' 
Working also in Dahomey and Niger, EMS has bee 
responsible for founding more than one-fourth ' 
ECWA's 1400 churches. In 1969, the SIM, with son 
consultation with ECWA leadership, started an offic 
of evangelism with a missionary heading it and pai 
a hundred per cent by the mission. In spite of the o' 
vious success, ECWA has not yet been convinced th; 
this is her baby. The office of evangelism, it is advoca 
ed, must either come under the EMS or stay out i 
"our program." SIM has now learned that new pre 
ects must be started within the context of the churc 

As to actual programs in which foreign aid cou 
be directed without any fear of stifling growth, it 
hard to lay down a general rule because situatioi 
differ. However, partnership of mission and church 
determine the priorities should be a safe rule. Fro 
the experience of SIM and ECWA, the training 
national leadership would have the overriding consi 
eration. In this aspect, theology is being given the t( 
consideration. While it is true that in Nigeria we ne^ 
medical personnel and science teachers, both nation? 
and missionaries, it is in the area of church leadersh 
that we are most lacking. John Mbiti has rightly sa 

VprU 7, 1973 

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'The church here now finds itself in the situation of 
Tying to exist without a theology" (Ibid., p. 232). 
Ecumenical scholars have pointed out in a recent study 
hat some missions of the movement have been spend- 
ng as little as 45 percent of their total budget on theo- 
ogical education. Following this study, the World 
Council of Churches established a scholarship program 
ind a sizeable number of African students have bene- 
itted from this very lucrative program in liberal 
leminaries in the West. 

If evangelical Christianity is to meet the challenge 
)f the present day Africa, and this can safely be done 
vithout stifling autonomous growth, theological train- 
ng must be strengthened. A very spiritual church 
eader was once invited by some university students 
n Nigeria to speak. He declined the invitation with the 
emark, "What will I say to them?" His wide experi- 
■nce and dedication were not sufficient for the task. 
t is true that Jesus Christ used the humble "unlearned" 
Jalileans. But when the learned student of Gamaliel 
nd the medical doctor (Paul and Luke) came to the 
cene, our Lord did not turn them down. 

Theological assistance should be given both for over- 
eas training and the improvement of theological 
ducation within the country. The indescribable hard- 
hip allowed as a sort of "jungle training" for young 
apable nationals has turned away many potential 
^eologians. To illustrate the point, Igabaja Seminary, 
k Nigeria, brings in college students and expects them 
1 live on $30 or less a month for a family of five. The 
tudent's counterpart gets five times as much in secular 
t-aining. The mission has to operate this way because 
if a lack of finances. The national church may be 
narged with irresponsibility. Evidently there is more 
ieed of faithful stewardship on the part of Nigerian 
ihristians. But it should be realized that the per capita 
ncome in Nigeria is less then $300 as compared to the 
(3,685 in the U.S. Without witch-hunting as to whose 
iiult it is, the Nigerian church is appealing to the older 
lurches for assistance. Christians should search their 
|3arts and be sure that the principle of faithful 
lewardship, not only in collecting the Lord's money 
ut in spending it is followed. It should be borne in 
lind that all gifts come from Him. "What has thou 
lat thou didst not receive?" (I Cor. 4:7) 

At this initual stage when churches are just emerg- 
g in many ways, a number of nationals must be sent 
iroad for sound evangelical scholarship. With a few 
xeptions, the SIM/ECWA policy is to send men 
erseas only for the training they cannot get within 
e country. But even in this careful selection, there 
e a number of qualified students who cannot be sent 
erseas for much-needed theological education. Many 

these, of course, would accept a scholarship even if 
e devil gave it to them. U.S. churches would not stifle 
itional church growth if they gave assistance through 
cognized channels. 

'Besides leadership training, there are other national 
urch programs that will suffer unless foreign aid 

obtained. It would be the indigenous leaders, of 
urse, who should decide on such programs. A case 

point is the support that the Christian Nationals 
/angelism Commission in the U.S. is giving to some 
itional pastors in Nigeria. ECWA leaders are of the 
,'inion that the salary of a pastor in an established 

church should be paid by the local congregation. That 
is the case of some 1000 pastors and evangelists within 
ECWA. But in the Eastern States of Nigeria, churches 
are not yet firmly established to such a degree that 
they can finance their pastors. The recent civil war 
in the country worsened the situation. Furthermore, a 
full-time evangelist who is to labor beyond the confines 
of ECWA could not get adequate support from one 
single church, since every church has its own respon- 
sibility. So ECWA is delighted to have CNEC support 
about 40 people in these projects in Nigeria, but this 
is done through ECWA headquarters. 

It is hoped that some of these guidelines, though 
perhaps not definite enough, will help in the sharing of 
material benefits that the Lord has given to his chil- 
dren. One area of need is personnel. Foreign mission- 
aries are still very much needed for evangelism and 
building up the church of Christ. But it also must be 
underlined that the principle of partnership vertically 
first of all, and then horizontally, should provide the 
guideline. Indeed, we are "workers together with Him." 

Mr. Kato attended Igbaja Bible College and 
graduated with honors. While teaching in a Bible 
school, and later tvorking as a counsellor at 
"African Challenge" in Lagos, he passed a qual- 
ifying examination from London through corres- 
pondence courses and was accepted at London 
Bible College for the B.D. degree. In addition to 
receiving the London University Bachelor of 
Divinity degree, he also got the London Bible 
College Associate Diploma. He returned to teach 
in Nigeria at Igbaja Theological Seminary 
(Sudan Interior Mission) and then was elected 
general secretary of the Evangelical Churches of 
West Africa (ECWA), which now has IWO 
churches. He came to Dallas Theological Sem- 
inary in 1970 and obtained the Th. M. degree with 
honors. He is noiv studying for the Th. D. degree. 
He is also an instructor in the department of 
missions in the seminai-y. In February at the 
Association of Evangelicals of Africa and Mada- 
gascar, Dr. Kato was named Executive Secretary 
of the Theological Commission which ivas formed 
at this meeting. Also the AEAM elected Reverend 
Kato as its General Secretary and his plans are 
to take over the position upon completion of his 
doctoral studies in September, 1973. 

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The Brethren Evangelisti 

"Others Still Need Him" 

Sarasota Seventh Annual Missionary Conference 
February 18-21. 1973 

Left to right: Rev. Dan Ankerberg, Rev. Bill 

Ross, Dr. J. D. Hamel, Rev. and Mrs. Kenneth 

Solomon, Rev. Clarence Stewart, Rev. 

and Mrs. Harry Liu 

The highlight of the Sarasota Seventh Annual 
Missionary Conference was our largest faith promise 
to date which was subscribed — over $11,000. This is 
to be in addition to the amount given to missions 
through our regular church budget. During the week 
ending the conference, the Sarasota First Brethren 
Church sent two checks to the Mission Board which 
totaled $8,255.90; with an additional $250 going to World 
Relief and $250 to Pocket Testament League from last 
year's faith promise giving. 

The conference tills year was also highlighted with 
first hand reports of Brethren mission work by Rev. 
Kenneth and Jeannette Solomon. Their transpo^rtation 
was provided by the Sarasota Church. We were thrUled 
with the challenge we as Bretliren have to present the 
life-saving message of Christ to the soul-hungry of 
Argentina where the Solomons liave worked for the 
past 14 years, and also the challenging new work to 
begin in Colombia, South America. 

The conference opened with a missionary message by 
the pastor, who is a member of the National Mission 
Board, on the radio broadcast, "The Brethren Hour" 
which has been aired for the past six years on the West 
Coast of Florida. 

During the meetings we aJso had a fiirst hand report 
of our home mission work in St. Petersburg with Rev. 
Phil Lersch and son John. They also stirred our liearts 
with their report fresh from the field of the work of 
World Relief in Southeast Asia. 

First hand reports from Asia, India, and Indonesia 
were given by Rev. and Mrs. Harry Liu, world mission- 
aries from Pocket Testament League. 

Mrs. Harry Liu and Mrs. Kenneth Solomon were aisc 
the guest speakers at a 10 a.m. "Coffee Hour" during 
the conference; with Rev. Kenneth Solomon as guea 
speaker at a 7:30 breakfast for the Sarasota Christiai'l 
Business Men's Fellowship. 

A tape was played of our Brethren work in Nigeris 
and India narrated by Rev Virgil Ingraham, Secretar 
of our National Mission Board in his absence as he mad' 
preparation for his journey into the land of Africa. 

Rev. Solomon also shared with us the new Spanisl, 
speaking ministry in Tucson, Arizona and showed th 
film strip, "I Met a Guy," a Missionary Aviatio!; 
Fellowship presentationn, which was provided by th, 
National Missionary Board. Special features of the corj 
ference were unique displays, mission decoration, ari'^ 
Film Slides of the Mission Work in South America an\i 
in Southeast Asia. 

During the closing service over fifty people stood a., 
the invitation was given for parents who we-e willin.(|. 
to allow their children to go into missions if the Lorj 
so led, and also for those who would supfMart their youn 
people wherever the Lord called them. Also present £ 
the conference were Re\'. Dan Ankerberg, Evangelii, 
from Chicago, 111.; Rev. Bill Ross, Associate Pastoi 
Rev. C. A. Stewart and Everett MUler, honorary lil, 
members of the National Missionary Board; and Re' 
Fred Vanator, founder and pastor emeritus of the Sar;. 
sota Brethren Church. Christ's command is, "Go an: 
preach the Gospel to every creature." Presenting tl^ 
Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost at home and abroa|i 
should ever be our aim. WHAT ELSE MATTERS? 

Ipril 7, 1973 

Page Twenty-nine 


The reports about a growing misunderstanding in 
:^hristian-Jeiwlsh relationsiiips over Key '73 have become 
I source of concern to me. In order to help ease some 
)f these tensions, I WEint to explain my own position. 
Awhile I have not beein directly involved in the developing 
>rganization of Key '73, I have from the beginning 
)ublicly supported its concept. 

First, as an evangelist, I am interested in establishing 
'ontact with aU men concerning personal faith in Jesus 
:hrist. ImpUcit in any belief is the right of sharing it 
vith others. The message that God is love prompts any 
■edpient of that love to declare it to others. 

Secondly, just as Judaism frowns on proselyting that 
s coercive, or that seeks to commit men against their 
viU, so do I. Gimmdcks, coercion, and intimidation have 
lad no place in my evangelistic efforts, certainly not in 
listoric Biblical evangelism. The American genius is 
hat without denying anyone an expression of their 
■onvictions, all are nevertheless partners in our society. 

The Gospel's method is persuasive invitation, not 

Where any group has used an overbearing witness 
to seek conversions, the Bible calls it "zeal without 
knowledge." I understand that it is the purpose of Key 
'73 to call all men to Christ without singUng out any 
specific religious or ethnic group. 

Thirdly, along with most evangelical Christians, I 
believe God has always had a special relationship with 
the Jewish people as St. Paul suggests in the book of 
Romans. In my evangelistic efforts, I have never felt 
called to single out the Jews as Jews nor to single out 
any other particular groups, cultural, ethnic or 

Lastly, it would be my hope that Key '73, and any 
other spiritual outreach program, could initiate nation- 
wide conversatioins, which would raise the spiritual 
level of our people, and promote mutual understanding. 



VHEATON, lU. — Some two thousand evangelical leaders 
rom across the country are expected to gather in Port- 
and, Oregon, May 1-3, for the 31st Annual Convention 
f the National Association of Evangelicals. NAE pro- 
^des a united witness for 3.5 million evangelicals in 
ome 36,000 churches from a broad range of denomina- 
ional affiliations. 

Representatives win meet in business sessions to elect 
|fficers, hear reports and pass resolutions bearing on 
pe concerns of evangelicals across America. The work 
if NAE's four affiliates and eight commissions wiU be 
resented, and representatives and guests will share in 
pecial programs of Bible study, prayer, music and 
rama, fellowship and inspiration. In addition, practical 
elp will be offered through the more than 60 oommis- 
on sessions, workshops and luncheon meetings on a 
■ide range of topical areas from legislation ami social 
ction to higher education and evangelism. 

One of the highlights of the three-day conclave wiU 
9 the evening sessions with major addresses on the 
373 convention theme, "Loved, We WiU Love." The 
leme, based on I John 4:11, wiU be explored in depth 
V Dr. Lloyd T. Anderson, the Rev. Bob Harrison and 
r. Dave Breese. Dr. Anderson, pastor of Bethany 
aptist Church in West Covina, Calif., wiU emphasize 
1 Tuesday evening the love God expressed for all men 
1 the gift of His Son. On Wednesday evening, weU- 
lown San Francisco-based evangelist and musician, 
le Rev. Bob Harrison, will speak on the love of Christ 
hich captures and motivates the Christian. Dr. Dave 
reese, president of Christian Destiny, Inc. and inter- 
itionaUy known conference speaker, wiU bring the 
nal message on Thursday evening, speaking of the 

challenge Christians have to share God's love with the 

Among other convention highlights wiU be the 
Tuesday evening banquet sponsored by NAE's World 
ReUef Commission. Dr. Everett S. Graifam, WRC 
executive vice president, and members of his staif 
will present the worldwide activities of the commission 
as it assists with material and spiritual aid to the home- 
less and destitute peoples of the world. A special feature 
of the evening will be an appearance of the Moo Gu;ng 
Wha Korean Children's Choir. The WRC is sponsoring 
the choir on a special tour in the United States to raise 
relief funds for Bangladesh and the WRC Children's 
Hospital in Vietnam. 

The business sessions and oommlssion-afflliate meet- 
ings will be punctuated both in the moiming and late 
afternoons with devotional periods and Bible study. The 
Rev. Ray Smith, general superintendent of the Open 
Bible Standard Churches, wUl lead the morning 
sessions; and the Bible Hour sessions wUl be led by the 
Rev. Stuart Briscoe, author, missionary leader, and 
pastor of the Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin. 

Another feature of the evening sessions will be an 
appearance of the Christian Drama Troupe from 
Oregon's George Fox College, who wiU present a chancel 
production of "Ten Miles to Jericho." The Seattle 
Pacific College Singers wiU present special music on 
the closing night. 

Delegates will also have opportunity to see on display 
the very latest in Christian publications, visual aids, 
materials and technology at the 82 exhibits sponsored 
by evangelical publishers, educators, missionary agen- 
cies and independent organizations. 

NAE's Women's Fellowship and Evangelical Foreign 
Missions Association (NAE's missions affiliate) will 
hold their annual meetings in conjunction with the 
NAE convention. 

Page Thirty 

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A mortgage-burning ceremony was held during the 
7:30 P.M. service on Sunday, January 7, 1973 at the 
Vinco Brethren Church, Mineral Point, Pennsylvania. 

It marked the end of indebtedness incurred for the 
construction of an addition to the church. Ground had 
been broken for the $100,000 project in October 1965 
and the enlarged sanctuary and educational facilities 
were dedicated a year later. 

Rev. Henry Bates, who was pastor of the local church 
when the building program was completed took part 
in the ceremony and delivered the message. He is 
presently pastor of the Wayne Heights Brethren 
Church in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. 

Also participating in the ceremony were Rev. C. 
Wilham Cole, pastor of the Vinco Church; William 
Stevens, Moderator; George A. Leidy, chairman of 
the building committee; Lester Leidy, chairman of the 
finance committee; and Earl Adams, who was in 
charge of consti-uction. 

A half-hour musical presentation preceded the ser- 
vice and was opened with a piano-organ duet presented 
by Sara Jane and Darlene Leckey. Selections by the 
Vinco Men's Quartette were given, the following are 
members of this talented group; Weldon McQuillen, 
Lester Leidy, James Mackall and Jacob Mackall. 

The welcoming remarks and invocation were given 
by Rev. Cole who later led in prayer and gave the 
closing benediction. 

Scripture was read by Wayne Botteicher and 
musical reading was given by Margaret Rorabaug 
Wilma Leidy presided over the offertory and A' 
Stevens gave recognition to the guests. 

Left to right: Lester Leidy, Earl Adams, Geoi 
A. Leidy, Pastor C. William Cole, (partly 
hidden) Rev. Heni-y Bates, Dnane 
Metzger, and William Stevens. 

Ipril 7, 1973 

Page Thirty-one 



Mr. and Mrs. Fred Miller were honored at a banquet 
n their honor, after being selected as Sweetheart 
:ouple of the year at the Brush Valley Brethren 
:hurch. They have been actively involved for about 4 
■ears. Fred is currently serving as steward, and 
rustee, Freda is our church treasurer, and teaches in 
he Sunday School. They are also the advisors for our 
i.Y.C. Fred Jr. is the Champion of the Jr. Division 
Iword drill having won this honor the last 2 times 
his event was scheduled at National Conference. He 
3 also the president of our B.Y.C. Debby is the Secre- 
ary of our B.Y.C. and Treasurer of the Sisterhood. 

Shown from left the family is: Margie and Ruth, 
ted Jr., Freda, Fred, Debby and Warren. The Brethren 
fiurch can truly be proud of Sweetheart Couples who 
ppict love and devotion to one another and to Jesus 
irist, like Mr. and Mrs. Fred Miller. 


On March 11, about 20 musicians from the Highland 
Brethren Church presented a Concert for the folks 
from the Brush Valley Church. The Highland group 
carried their lunches with them for the morning wor- 
ship services in their own church, and ate during the 
three hour trip that was involved. The service was 
much appreciated by 147 people, most of whom were 
able to remain for the very fine evening meal which 
was hosted by the Missionary Society of the Brush 
Valley Church. All in all, it was one of the nicest experi- 
ences that we have had. About 30 Highlanders "came 
along for the ride," which made the affair even more 
enjoyable, as we were able to get to know these fine 
folk, and to realize that our kinship was greater than 
the Mountainous Regions from which we hail. 


The Camping programs of both the Pennsylvania 
and Southeast Districts are to be expanded a bit this 
summer, as the districts are involved in a joint camp- 
ing venture, for 1973, in our quest to better acquaint 
the Brethren of both districts with one another, and 
with Jesus Christ. 

We are looking forward to a beautiful experience, as 
we will be sharing staffing responsibilities and camp- 
ing joys, at Beautiful Camp Peniel. Peniel is located 
in the mountains of Southwestern Pennsylvania, almost 
equidistant from the churches of both districts. 
Most of the campers will be "new" as is the camp itself. 
Most of us will be making new friends. It is our earnest 
prayers that we all find Peniel to be the place where 
we, like Jacob, come Face to Face with God. We trust 
Him to bless this venture, and to help us share His 
Great Love with His great people. 

The Rev. George Solomon will be the speaker for 
■a week of Revival Services at the Brush Valley Brethren 
Church starting on Sunday morning, April 8th. 






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The January 13, 1973 issue of THE BRETHREN 
EVANGELIST contained an announcement of the 
Hastings-Boyer wedding with Rev. Joseph Hanna 
officiating at the ceremony. This should have been re- 
ported as Mrs. Nancy (Hastings! Boyer's Pastor Rev. 
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Page Three 

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jiuest Editorial 

Periodically it is healthy for every organization to 
;all a halt to business as usual and evaluate its product 
n terms of its purposes. Bruce Larson (in The Emerg- 
ng Church, p. 42) relates the response of a Westing- 
louse Corporation official who was asked how Westing- 
louse would run the church if it had the opportunity. 
'The answer that came back was profound in its 
umplicity! We would ask only two questions: What 
)roduct are we trying to produce? Are we produc- 
ng it?" 

It seems to me that every person in every congrega- 
ion of the Brethren Church ought to be challenged to 
vrestle with these very questions as together the people 
)f God seek to be obedient both to His Word and the 
'ludgings of His Spirit. For only by so doing will they 
genuinely succeed in "Building His Church. " 

To be sure, such a process is not painless as each 
generation must, to a degree, determine for itself the 
orms of expression the timeless gospel message should 
LSsume. Such a process is necessary to insure vitality 
ind to preclude lethargy. 

In an article entitled "Pastoral Ministry and the 
3enius of Brethrenism" (Ashland Theological Bulletin, 
Spring 1969, p. 23), pastor Richard Allison asserts that: 
The "genius" of any sectarian group within the Chris- 
ian context is to be found in its contribution to 
Christianity as a whole. The early Christians were not 
lefenders of what had been in Old Testament Judaism, 
nstead they built on tliis part and pushed forward 
inder the direction of the Holy Spirit. 

Thus, the words of Isaiah the prophet began to be 
ulfilled: "Remember not the former things, nor con- 
lider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing ; 
low it springs forth, do you not perceive it?" (Isaiah 
13:19 RSV). 

For those who think a new thing is happening among 
/outh, it may come as a surprise to discover that it is 
iimply the age-old re-emergence of the church in this 
generation as it had done — though perhaps less dra- 
natically — in each generation for nearly 2000 years. 

Already there is substantial evidence that the emotion- 
ally charged "Jesus movement" of a couple of years 
ago is seeking theological rootage to balance contem- 
porary experience and seeking meaningful worship to 
balance social concerns as the youthful branch of the 
church moves toward fulfillment of its calling and 
toward maturity. 

It is gratifying to witness — and be a part of — The 
Brethren Churches process of "emerging." As one who 
at once has considerable contact with the energy and 
Impatience of youth and profoundly respects the con- 
servative stance of their elders, I commend the church 
for its refusal to permit the existence of a "spiritual 
generation gap!" Brethren jieople are generally open 
to the "new" expressions of faith espoused by their 
youth — even though they may not be sold on every idea. 
Yet they are permitting their sons and daughters to 
become the church in their own way within the limits 
imposed by scripture and common sense. 

As Director of Christian Education, my ministry 
requires that I take a hard look at our youth product 
in terms of the church's purposes. I must admit that 
our program has weaknesses . . . but I hasten to add 
that these are outweighted by our strengths. For 
instance, the revived Summer Crusader program is 
about to launch its fourth year and is stronger than 
ever. The National BYC Organization now has over 
1100 registered members with another 250 on our 
college Gtudent list. The "Morning Star" has been started 
as a link between Brethren Youth of all districts. 
National BYC Convention participants in 1972 demon- 
strated unparalleled purposefulness and Christian 

The future is bright. We are a united fellowship 
moving forward — building His Church in our time. I 
urge every reader to participate in the National BYC 
program as he is able — whether as a youth sponsor, 
church school teacher, or as a contributor through local 
programs, the National BYC project, and/or the May 
Youth Offering. We thank you for your support in the 
past and request your continued participation in this 
growing ministry to and through BYC. 

— Fred Burkey 

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Rodger H. Seaslen 



A chartered DC3 cargo plane landed at Miami in 
the early morning darkness at Christmas time of 1970. 
In the plane were tan leather bags, resembling mail 
pouches. In the pouches were handsomely wrapped 
Christmas packages. Certainly, they looked innocent 
enough! But in all those packages were drugs! Heroin! 
Twenty-one Million Dollars worth! 

Four men fi'om Argentina were smuggling narcotics 
into the United States — official agents had become 
aware of the shipment and moved in for the capture. 
The men did not get their luscious reward; but proved 
the truth of the Bible: "The way of the transgressors 
is hard." (Proverbs 13:15) 

The incident reminded us of other kinds of "danger- 
ous drugs" which Satan "the deceiver of the whole 
world" is always seeking to promote upon his victims. 

Oh yes, he wraps sin up in pretty packages and I 
loves to work in the darkness. By high sounding phras* 
and great swelling words of vanity, he makes sin appe; 
innocent enough! But every phase of sin is deadly ar 

Deuteronomy 32 has a challenging message. Becau:, 
Israel forsook the Lord and ignored His pleadings, I 
says: "Their wine (or joyj is the poison of dragons 
And He says of His people (verse 29): "O that th< 
were wise, that they understood this, that they wou 
consider their latter end." 

Instead of being allured by pretty packages of pois( 
which Satan offers, let us turn to the Lord who h: 
manifested His love by giving the Lord Jesus Chri 
to die for our sins. Follow His injunctions, and tl 
latter end will be blessed! 


The Pennsylvania District of the Laymen Organiza- 
tion have a rally scheduled for Friday Evening, April 
13th at the Johnstown III Brethren Church. 

Ye editor, having attended some of the district meet- 
ings at the district conferences and having a personal 
acquaintanceship with many of the Pennsylvania Lay- 
men, can vouch for the many opportunities these men 
take advantage of to have fellowship together, to make 

plans for the furthering of His work in the Pennsj 
vania churches, and taking time out from their persor 
busy schedules to work with the boys in their church 
and communities. 

The effectiveness of what dedicated Christian m 
can do in their respective congregations and distrit 
and to the Brethren Church in general is well demci 
strated by groups of men such as these. (G.S.) 

kprU 21, 1973 

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Psdm 22 

Did you know that one of the most graphic descrip- 
ions of the crucifixion is found in Paslm 22? Hal 
jindsey in The Late Great Planet Earth points out the 
)arallels. The psalm speaks of how the victim's labor 
■aused Him to sweat, and of the excruciating pain of 
orn ligaments and dislocated bones. Also, the psalmist 
ells of the great thirst and the gentiles surrounding 
he cross. (David calls them dogs). The nailing of the 
lands and feet, the shame of the nude victim, the 
;ambling for the robe are all there. Yet, crucifixion 
IS a form of execution was not known until the Romans 
ntroduced it in 200 B.C. How could David have known 
ibout it much less write about it 1000 years before it 
lappened to Christ? 

David is best remembered for his feats as leader 
and king. The story of David, the shepherd boy, defeat- 
ing the Philistine champion, Goliath, is repeated again 
and again in Church Schools everywhere. However, one 
little known aspect of David's work is that through his 
psalms he speaks the words of prophecy. It is while 
prophesying that he tells of the crucifixion of Christ. 

In Luke 24:44-46 Christ Himself lends credibility to 
David's prophecy. He includes the psalms with the 
writings of Moses and the prophets as scripture3 He 
came to fulfill. In doing all of this He demonstrate! 
both the validity of the ancient writers and His own 

Christ also points out the role He fulfilled. The Jews, 
especially the religious leaders, were unwilling to accept 
this role of "suffering servant." How it is easier for us 
to see that Christ was to come twice. He came the first 
time as a "suffering servant" to pay for the sins of 
His people. The religious leaders claimed perfection. 
Christ pointed out their hypocrisy. Also, the people 
wanted a political leader. This we now know to be Christ 
at His Second Coming, for which we still wait. 

It is the first coming and the Messiah's role as the 
"suffering servant" to which Psalm 22 refers. David 
depicts the painful sacrifice made by Christ for us. 
While we await His Second Coming let's not forget His 
first. He paid the terrible price for our sins. While we 
wait, remember He once said, "Go and sin no more." 
(John 8:11) 

by Rev. J. L. Fields 

from Jim's Jems— CONCERN 

Friday, April 27, 1973 at 9:30 a.m. the band will sound 
the call for retirement ceremonies and the parade to 
pass in review. This will mark the termination of my 
career of 20 years as a Chaplain in the United State j 
Air Force. When the last flight passes the reviewing 
stand and the band plays "Peg O' My Heart" I will 
hang up my blue suit. 

It has been an inspiring, educational, challenging time 
of "Sei-ving Him in the Service," as I have signed my 
letters. The 6 years of overseas duty and travel oppor- 
tunities in Turkey, Greenland, Okinawa and Korea 
twice, have been outstanding experiences for me and 
my family. The training of young new chaplains and 
administrative duties have been rewarding. A high point 
in my career was my involvement in planning and build- 
ing 5 new Chapels and new imaginative, creative Chris- 
tian programs for military families. Always we have 
prayed and worked for peace, peace internationally,, 
peace of mind and the peace that passeth all undeistand- 
ing. It is my hope and prayer that I will be able to 
continue being of service to God and Country in the 
years ahead. 

Serving Him in the Service 
Group Protestant Chaplain 
Office of the Center Chaplain 

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(Note: The Central District Conference, in August 1969, memorialized the 
General Conference as follows:) 

"We memorialize the General Conference of the Brethren Church with 
this petition of inquiry — that the Central District Conference goes on record 
as favoring — that the Brethren Church accept into membership persons 
who have confessed Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior, and have 
been baptized by Believers' Immersion, and who evidence a personal faith 
in their lives." 

General Conference referred the matter to Central Council for consideration. 
Central Council then appointed a committee charged with preparing guidelines for 
an indepth study of the memorial. The Committee later reported to the Council, 
(and to the denomination) that a program of study and research was being pre- 
pared, so that following a period of time, the Brethren could come to a knowledge- 
able consensus on the matter. Central Council approved the proposed study and 
research program of the committee. 

As a part of that study program, outstanding scholars and theologians in the 
Brethren Church were approached relative to their participation in the program 
through the preparation and presentation of papers on specific subjects relating 
to baptism. Out of nine selected areas of study, seven papers have already been 
prepared and presented to General Conference. The last two will be presented at 
the 1973 General Conference. Tapes of the presentations (and subsequent discussion 
periods) have been made, and are available for personal or group listening. Copies 
of the papers are also available. Write the Central Council office at Ashland for 
more information on these tapes and papers. 

Presently, the Study Committee is presenting through the pages of The 
Brethren Evangelist, digests of the seven papers already given at General Confer- 
ence. The first of these appears in this issue. The others will follow shortly. 

It is the prayer of the Study Committee, and of Central Council, that as a result 
of this study program and the deliberations of the Brethren, that the mind of the 
Brethren Church might be the mind of God on this matter, so that the all-important 
business of our witness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ might go on in an 
ever-increasing manner, to the saving of souls for eternity and to the glory of God. 

Baptism Memorial Study Committee: 
Fred Burkey, Secretary 
Clayton Berkshire 
Glenn Shank 
Arden Gilmer 
St. Clair Benshoff, Chairman. 

pril 21, 1973 

Page Seven 


(summary of a paper presented to the 1971 General Conference) 

by Rev. Charles Lowmasfer 

Pastor, First Brethren Church 
Louisville, Ohio 


ar Pietistic Heritage 

The Progressive Brethren Church is the product of 
nturies of struggle for truth, both in thought and 
•actice. To try to trace her history prior to the post 
formation era is almost an impossible task, for any 
fluences contributing to the peculiar formation of 
at which we call The Brethren Church were also 
tared by others who evolved into separate and dis- 
ictive churches. Suffice it to say that the beginnings 
The Brethren Church found their origins in the 
ovement back to The Bible, elevating it. The Bible, 
i the source of faith and practice as opposed to the 
ithority of tradition. 

The leaders whose theology paved the way for 17th 
id 18th Century Pietism, such as Spencer, Arndt, 
'ancke, Arnold and Hochman centered their movement 
ound Bible study as a resource for the practice of 
ily life. Most of the Brethren histories which deal 
th this period give profuse testimony to Biblically 
rected life orientation. 

It is worth noting that there was a certain air of 
imble confidence in the spirit of these early Brethren 
lich preserved them from vlndictiveness and hatred 
lid oppression and extreme opposition of the tradition- 
■ sts. Just believeing that God's Word was an all 
' fficient rule for faith and practice gave the Brethren 
• mystic peacefulness which could not be shaken by 
l3 stormy tirades of their oppressors. 
Henry Holsinger catches the dynamic of this 
<aracter when he said, "A Scriptural faith will also 
|3duce a scriptural love."' 

« Mystic Mind 

Al condition which characterizes the Brethren Church 
1 dependence on the Holy Spirit and rejection of ex- 

■nal authority. It has always been the philosophy of 
'! Progressive Brethren that inner forms of faith are 
' ^y valid insofar as they may be justified by the 
bitten Word. 

"Rufus D. Bowman made this significant statement 
relative to the German origin of the Brethren Church, 
"The Church in its early history was a religious ex- 
pression of the German mind." Careful study will 
indicate that the Brethren fellowship was not only an 
expression of the German mind in its early days l;ut 
has continued in diminishing degree through the 
years. . . . 

"The German mind, 'Has a passion for obedience.' 
Hence it not only yields to, but seeks, regimentation 
which prevails in all classes. Yet, standing in strong 
juxtaposition to the social mind is the inner urge for 
release, fostering individuality. It is a paradox which 
shows in the mental products of individual geniuses in 
German history. ... In the things of the spirit, 
'German Mysticism either deepened religious feelings 
or replaced them.' This accounts for the fact that 
German theologians led the protestant world in liberal 
theology on the one hand, and Pietism, Anabaptist and 
Spiritism on the other. 

"Moreover, the German mind is vindictive and re- 
vengeful. . . . The fruit of the vengeful spirit was the 
second world war. . . . 

"The subservancy of the German mind, its obedience 
to its leadership, is somewhat evident in the historic 
manner in which the Brethren membership followed 
the dictates of Annual Meeting for two centuries. Dog- 
matic powers used in the administration of the ban 
from the very beginning was the cause of constant 
trouble in the brotherhood. As was mentioned in a 
former chapter, it is difficult for their posterity, after 
two hundred and fifty years to understand how the 
founding fathers could establish the type of ban they 
chose after declaring as a principle. No force in religion. 

"In this same connection, the seeming paradox of 
individualism existing in a regimented society, shows 
up in many Brethren individuals. Alexander Mack 
proved to be such a person among the Pietists. He 
dared to challenge the confused religious status and 

(continued on next page) 

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The Brethren Evangelic 

thought his way back to the apostolic Church, leading 
others into an organized declaration of faith. "- 


Pietistic Rejection of "extra Biblical" Authority 

The contradictory nature of German mysticism, 
having, on the one hand, a love of freedom while, on 
the other hand, a sense of dogged discipline was 
destined to create division as various ones among the 
Brethren were led to adopt one of the extremes. It is 
rather sad to note that the Pietistic love of freedom and 
rejection of extra Biblical authority was not universally 
maintained in the development of the Brethren Church. 
In fact it seems that history repeated itself as the 
(German Baptist) Brethren expanded. Fear that diver- 
sity of doctrine or practice might develop, as well as the 
need for fellowship, led to the development of the 
Annual meeting. The growth of Annual meeting led to 
centralizing of authority, and the centralizing of author- 
ity led to binding legislation which often had no other 
authority than the will of men upon the member 
Churches. Thus the Pietistic spirit of Biblical authority 
alone was challenged as well as the mystic freedom 
loving German mind. In his History of the Church of 
the Brethren, Blough notes that "though claiming the 
Bible to be their guide and deploring the arbitrary 
restrictions of the official Churches, the early Brethren 
Church was oppressive and centralized in structure, 
making the local congregation subservient to demands, 
commands and arbitrary strictures, which could find 
no real basis in Scripture. Very explicit and exacting 
procedures were imposed on the order for washing feet 
at communion, intricate details of baptism and even 
such matters as whether a Church could call a Min- 
isterial meeting."' 

"In opposition to mandatory laws for the church, a 
milder element favored allowing indi\idual conscience 
to rule in matters where there was no direct biblical 
pronouncement. The more aggressive milder ones were 
called progressives. Adaptationists would have been a 
better designation. To them, the matters of the cut of 
the raiment or treatment of the hair were personal 

"The standard argument for uniformity of personal 
appearance, in dress and hair treatment, was pride. It 
was assumed that any desire to deviate from the pre- 
scribed, arose through a proud spirit. It did not seem 
to occur to them that paraded humility, or spectacular 
appearance could themselves become matters of pride. 
The cut of the cloth could not cover the swich of a 
skirt, nor hair style hide a smirk of self satisfaction."-" 

"The turmoil of the decade reached a climax in 1880. 
It was a year of decision. The entire church had been 
sifted as wheat and the threefold division became more 
pronounced — the Old Order; the Progressive; and the 
Conservative. It was the Old Order element that blew 
the lid off. The prime movers of the action were 
principally from the Miami Valley in southern district 
of Ohio. They presented a petition which set forth in 
no uncertain terms, their purpose."' 

Henry Holsinger led the Progressive cause in the 
turbulent 1880's and assessed the problem thus; 

"The history of the German Baptist Church leaders 
and conference, for years past, has been a history of 

continued departures from the primitive simplicity ( 
the Christian faith in almost every essential featui 
of gospel liberty and church rule. . . ." 

"They have made the decisions of annual conferenc 
equal in authority to the Word of God, by declarin 
them mandatory. They preach for doctrines, the cor 
mandments of men, and make them tests of Christia 
fellowship, and neglect the weightier matters of tl 
law, judgment, mercy and faith. . . ." 

"We therefore reaffirm the primitive doctrines of tl 
church, and disavow allegiance to all such derogatoi 
and subsersive ecclesiastical mandates, and declare oi 
intention to administer the government of the churc 
as in the days of the apostles and our faithf 

"We thus renounce mandatory legislation, creec 
and everything that may be construed to holding an 
thing as essential to salvation, except the gospel 
Christ (Romans 1:16), and thus declare ourselves 
being the only true conservators and perpetuators 
the brotherhood and its original doctrines and prj 
ciples, and are, therefore, the original and true churchj 

Having been expelled from the German Bapti 
Church the Progressives later met in conference. 

"The conference reaffirmed the former position 
the Church in renouncing all creeds of every descr; 
tion, except the Bible, the whole Bible."' 

Further documentation is not necessary to prove th 
interpretation and authority of the Scriptures wasi 
dominant factor in the division of the German Bapb 
Brethren and that, although all three elements cla; 
Scriptural authority, it was the Progressive Brethn 
who demanded verification of life and practice 
Scriptural authority. 


The Brethren belief in the authority of the Scriptuii 
was challenged in the first quarter of the 20th Cent 
as the Church launched out to achieve her educatioM 
goals. This time it was liberalism and rationalism whi 
sought to place more confidence in the thinking abil 
of men than in the revelatory power of the Scriptu 
Together with these challenges to Scriptural author 
was the challenge of the social gospel with its stw 
of transforming power on the human and mateu 
level rather than the power of personal confrontatij 
with the Living God through His Word. 

"After the Conference of 1915 the center of disp'i 
drifted from the social gospel emphasis to the Inspi 
tion of the Bible. Social service was not denied 
any as part of the gospel. The objections were thait 
was being magnified to first place as a means of briij 
ing in the Kingdom of God by man's effort."^ 

One of the main issues was whether the Bible v 
infallible. The Southern California District submit! 
a resolution to the 1914 Conference attesting to faf 
in Biblical infallibility. 

At least one good thing came out of all the com 
versy and that is that it produced revival preach " 
which produced great Church growth. It was in e 
1921 General Conference that the "Committee i 
Twenty-Five" brought a report which document ' s 
named "The Message of the Brethren Ministry" vvl h 
is accepted as its message to this day. 

April 31, 1973 

Page Nine 

The charge of legalism was the next devisive attack 
on the Brethren. It found grist in the Brethren's strong 
emphasis on baptism which some assumed to imply 
baptismal regeneration. 

It is impossible to present all the charge and counter- 
charge that issued from this subject. It was this, how- 
ever, that gave birth to the Calvinistic-Arminian 
conflict which, coupled with the power struggle in the 
college led to the eventual division of the Brethren 
Church into the Grace Brethren, with a Calvinistic 
leaning, and The Progressive Brethren Church with an 
Arminian inclination. 

Summary and Conclusion 

From the proceeding resume' of Brethren history it 
is evident that the one facet of Brethren belief which 
remains the same today as in her founding in 1708 is 
found in the Progressive Brethren Church, that is, 
trust in the integrity, infallibility and sufficiency of 
"rhe Bible. Through the divisions that have ruptured 
the Church and seen new denominations rise, embracing 
humanistic authority and rationalism, the Progressive 
brethren have been unwilling to admit any other 
authority or interpretation than the clear Word of God. 

In all fairness, it must be said that those who have 
broken away would probably also claim faithfulness 
and belief in the Scripture as the Word of God. 

Much has been said about the authority of the 
Scriptures in Brethren life. The strength of this 
authority lies in the Brethren conviction that The 
Bible is the inspired and inerrent Word of God, com- 
pletely reliable and trustworthy in every part, both 
|New Testament and Old. This writer noted only one 
instance of the use of Apocryphal literature and that 
prior to 1720. It is found in the letters of John Lobach 
written from Solingen Prison. 

The Apocryphal writings do not seem to have even 
been accorded an equality with the Canon of today. 
The Brethren position on inspiration is brought into 
clesim focus in the only theological works produced in 
bur Church — "God's Means of Grace" by Dr. C. F. 
Yoder and Memorial publication "Christian Doctrine — 
Lectures and Sermons" by Dr. J. Allen Miller. 


Dr. C. F. Yoder probably catches the historical regard 
for the Scriptures as well as anyone: 

"There is no book like the Bible in its power to 
inspire hope and regenerate the life. Whoever heard of 
anyone who said, T was lost in sin, discouraged and 
in despair, when I began to read a law book and found 
peace to my soul?' Or has anyone heard of any other 
book save the Bible, of which men say, 'This book has 
been the means of my finding God. It has saved me 
from sin and is an unfailing lamp to my feet?' A book 
that makes wholly for good must be a good book. Where 
is the nation or individual that has ever gone wrong 
through following the Bible? What husband ever beat 
his wife because of reading the Gospel? What thief 
carries a Testament in his pocket? . . . thus in its 
origin and in its impartiality and truthfulness, in its 
organic development, in its glorious consumnation, the 
Book of Revelation, like the book of nature, contains 
as it were in cypher the autograph of God. As only 
the fool hath said in his heart, 'There is no God,' so 
only the blind in heart have said, 'There is no message 
from God.' We leave off as we began, with the fact 
that the very goodness of God compels the revelation 
of God. It remains only for us to respond to His love, 
to listen to His message and to obey His will. In so 
doing we shall find eternal life."' 


1 History of the Tunkers and the Brethren Church; H. R. Holsinger; 
Pacific Press Publishing Company; 1901; page 100. 

2 History of the Brethren Church; A. T. Ronk; The Brethren Publish- 
ing Co., Ashland, Ohio; 1968; pages 64-67. 

^ History of the Church of the Brethren of the Western District 
of Pennsylvania; J. E. Blough; Brethren Publishing House, Elgin, Illinois; 
1916; pages 294-297. 

4 Ronk; op cit; pages 111-112. 

5 Ibid.; pages 126-128, 130. 

6 Holsinger; op cit; pages 532-535. 

7 Ibid.; pages 546-547. 

8 Ronk; op cit; page 309. 

1 God's !«leans of Grace; C. F. Yoder; The Brethren Publishing House; 
Elgin, Illinois; 1908; pages 64-65. 






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Call to Worship 

Song Service 

Circle of Prayer 

Bible Studies 


Senior: THE WORD OF GOD and 


Discussion Questions: 

Seniors: Discussion over chosen book 

Special Music 


"Spirit of Sisterhood" 

S.M.M. Benediction 


by Norma Grumbling 




For our Bible study this month let's look at John 
1:1-14, a passage that talks about Jesus Christ as the 
Word. Before beginning to examine the passage, we 
should establish just what this expression means. 

Jesus Christ is God's Word. Usually we use this term 
to refer to the Bible. But just what are the functions 
of the Bible?'* Perhaps some of the things you named 
were "to guide us, to express God's love for us, or to 
give us an example that we can live by." Well aren't 
all these things applicable to Christ also? Didn't Christ 
live by every principle set up in the Bible? (See 
Matthew 5:17) Jesus Christ was and is God's Holy 
Word, given to us in human form instead of written 
form. This is one meaning of Christ the Word. 

Another meaning of that expression could be that 
Christ was God's form of communication to us. There 
are many forms of communication; what are some of 
them?* Out of all these forms, which one do you think 
is the most commonly used and most effective?* You 
probably agree that it is the spoken form — the word. 
Does this give us a clue as to the importance of Jesus 
Christ as a link between us and God? He was the best 
possible communication that God could establish to 
reach us here on earth. What qualities of God can you 
think of that Christ communicated while he lived on 
earth?* (Check Matthew 9:36; John 8:58; Matthew 
11:28, 29; John 8:15, 16; John 6:64; I John 4:7, 8; John 

21:17; II Corinthians 5:21; and Mark 2:5, 7 for somt 
ideas. ) After discussing the qualities of God that Chris 
communicated, read John 14:7-9. 

So we have two equally good interpretations of tht 
statement that Christ was the Word: (1) He was thi 
human form of what the Bible says, and (2) He wa 
the line of communication from God to us. Now let u: 
take a few minutes to read and study John 1:1-5 an( 
9-14. Read the passage to yourself, and then answe; 
the following study questions as a group. 
How long has Christ existed? Who is Christ? 

(vs. 1 & 2) 
What part did He play in creation? (v. 3) 
His life was what for men? (vs. 4 & 9) What doe. 

this mean? 
Did men understand this? Did they accept this ligh 

for their lives? (vs. 5 & 11) Have you personall: 

accepted this light for your own life? 
If you have received Christ, what has He given youi- 

(V. 12) 
Can you rephase v. 14 according to our definitions o 

Perhaps after taking such a close look at John 
we can fully realize the importance of Christ as th' 
Word of God and light of men. 

* wait for answers from the group 

AprU 21, 1973 

Page Eleven 


by Mrs. Gary Taska 


Scripture Text: II Timothy 3:16, 17 (The Living Bible) 

If you are going to bake cookies or paint-by-number 
jr pass a test in math what do you have to do first? If 
I'ou said "read the directions" you are RIGHT! Did 
i^ou ever have something you were doing turn our 
ivrong and someone say, "Did you read the directions?" 

Last month we talked about how you can talk to 
jod, remember? The hot line to heaven — Prayer. God 
las a way that he can talk to you. Everything He wants 
^ou to know is in the greatest guidebook of all time, 
the Bible. God had the Bible written so you would have 
some directions to follow on your trip through life. 

In the Bible there are many, many stories about 
people. Some of them were good and some were not. 
A.S we read about these people we can see how God 
wants us to act and live. The Bible is a whole set of 
books all wrapped into one. Altogether there are 66 
books: some are books about laws; some are about 
history so you can know what happened before and 
after Jesus was born; some are prophecy, that's some- 
thing that is going to happen in the future; some are 
letters from early Christians to one another that helped 
them learn about Jesus and how to live for Him; others 
are poetry and songs to help us praise God. 

God wants us to have this wonderful book so we can 
know what He is like. He wants us to know about His 
love for us. He has given us directions for living. We 
won't know what to do unless we read the directions, 
will we? 

Maybe you've wanted to read the Bible more but you 
just can't get started or think you can't understand it. 
One of your Sisterhood guidelines this year is the 
challenge to read PSALMS FOR MODERN MAN. If 
you haven't started to read the Bible yet this would be 
a good place to start. These Psalms are of course in- 
cluded in our complete Bible of 66 books. But PSALMS 
FOR MODERN MAN is written in words we use today 
and you can understand it easier. There are many Bibles 
written now in our everyday language and if you have 
one in your home do make use of it. 

When you read the Bible don't try to read a whole 
lot all at once. Try reading just one chapter and think 
about what it is saying. It's a good idea to pray and 
ask God to help you get something out of it. After 
you've read a chapter ask yourself these questions: (1) 
Who or what is it talking about? (2) What's happening? 
What's it saying to me or what is God telling me to do 
in these verses? 

God didn't intend to give us an instruction book that 
we can't understand. He wants us to know what it says. 
Don't get upset though if you don't get it all at once. 
No matter how often you read God's Word there's al- 
ways something new that shows up. 

Well, what has all of this to do with sharing Christ 
through the Word? You can't tell anyone about some- 
thing you don't know anything about, can you? So first 
you find out what the Book, the Bible, is all about, read 
the directions, find out how God wants you to act, and 
then you can share it with a friend. Happy reading! 

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The Brethren at Wayne Heights have shared in sev- 
eral "highlight" experiences during the past month or 
so — spiritually and materially. About the beginning of 
the new year the Senior Brethren Youth Crusaders 
threw out a challenge to the rest of the church. They 
offered to pay one half of the cost of laying wall-to-wall 
carpeting throughout the sanctuary if the rest of the 
congregation would match their gift. In just a matter 
of a few weeks the necessary funds were on hand and 
work began. A large group of men and women turned 
out for two or three evenings to sand and refinish the 
pews and the other woodwork of the church. A week or 
two later the carpet arrived, and after several evenings 
of labor — the professional rug layers being assisted by 
a number of the local men — the job was completed. A 
beautiful rug now covers the entire main floor of the 
sanctuary, the choir and pulpit platform, the Sunday 
School room at the rear of the sanctuary, the entire 
narthex, the pastor's study and the stairs leading up 
to the study. We are now in the process of procuring 
new matching drapes to place in the front of the church 
across the baptistry. This has been a wonderful addition 
to the beauty of the church building, and has helped 
considerably with the acoustics of the sanctuary. 

Another "highlight" was our Sacred concert on Sun- 
day evening, March 11th. This was a "First" for the 
Wayne Heights Brethren Church, and attracted a large 
attendance — the sanctuary being completely filled for 
the sei-vice. One of the purposes of the service was to 
help the congregation to realize just how much potential 
talent there was in the church, and a number of the 
Brethren were pleasantly surprised to discover just 
what could be done with a little practice and determi- 
nation. Mrs. Henry Bates did much of the planning, 
arranging of the program, transposing the music, prac- 
ticing with the various participants, etc. and her work 
was much appreciated by the listeners. Tape recordings 
of the program were made and since the evening of the 
concert these recordings have been played for a num- 
ber of shut-ins who were not able to hear the original 
program. It is hoped that this will become an annual 
event in the church. 

Various facets of the missionary work of the church 
continue to be emphasized, and are continuing to find 
support among the Brethren. A number of weeks ago 
our Missionary Committee called to the attention of 
the congregation an appeal from the World Relief 
Commission of N.A.E. for blankets to be distributed in 
a number of countries throughout the world. The 
Missionary Committee distributed dime folders to be 
used for this purpose, and also encouraged folks to 
give to this project in any other way they desired. 

Through the efforts of the members of the Wayne 
Heights Church enough money was directed to World 
Relief to take care of the purchase of forty-four 
blankets. At the present time we are in the process of 
preparing for a Missionary Conference with Brother 
Kenneth Solomon as the leader. At the present writing 
a number of our folks are also busily engaged in vari- 
ous ways in the training and counselling programs 
associated with the coming of the film "Time to Run" 
to the Waynesboro area. 

During the month of March we set out to show a 
ten percent increase in our Sunday School attendance 
over the month of February. We are happy to report 
that we attained this goal, seeing an increase not only 
in the Sunday School attendance but also in our Morn- 
ing Worship attendance. We are working on another 
ten percent increase over March's attendance for the 
month of April. We have been thrilled to see a number 
of new folks becoming active in our Sunday School, 
and to see new folks attending our worship services 
along with others who are now becoming regular 
attendants again after periods of inactivity or irreg- 
ularity in attendance. We praise the Lord for these 
signs of growth, and praise Him that folks in the church 
are taking the initiative in seeking to lead others to the 
Lord and into the church. Last Sunday morning two 
young ladies stepped out to profess their faith in Jesus 
Christ as Lord and Saviour. A baptismal service isi 
planned for Easter Sunday night. 

We rejoice in these visible manifestations of the work- 
ing and leading of the Holy Spirit, and we solicit the 
prayers of the Brotherhood that this might be the time 
that this church launches out and begins to fulfill the 
hopes and visions which were in the hearts of many 
Brethren in Pennsylvania when the work was begun 
here by the District Mission Board. We know that our 
Lord is able! 


Like other portions of the nations, the weather ini 
Nebraska has not been too favorable. Especially for 
the elderly members of the church as the "flu bug" 
makes its rounds. In spite of all the inclement weather 
and the ills it takes along with it, many blessings have 
been experienced in our vicinity. 

In the afternoon prayer groups that meet in the par- 
sonage, the study of the Gospel of Luke and the prayer 
period have been very beneficial in that it is felt that 
many prayers have been answered. 

The appearance of the church building has been en- 
hanced by replacing the side-walks and adding a new 
ramp with railings. Two new pianos have been acquired 
for the sanctuary and fellowship hall and have added 
greatly to the worship in music. 

The WMS held their annual birthday party on Feb 
18. with ninety guests present to enjoy a fine program 
of hymn-singing, vocal and instrumental special music. 
The dining room was decorated with a "four Season.'^ 
of the year" theme with each table being furnished witli 
its own birthday cake. A unique plan for i-aising funds 
for maintenance and improvements of the church wa.'^ 

Lprll 21, 1973 

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itilized by those present giving an offering of a penny 
or each year in age. 

Rev. and Mrs. Keck journeyed to Ashland, Ohio on 
. business trip late in February. Rev. Keck is serving 
.s chairman for the Pastor's Conference to be held at 
^amp Bethany in May. 

The laymen of the various churches in Falls City 
lave been active in their annual Lenten breakfasts and 
Jible studies. 

The spring Communion for the Falls City Brethren 
::hurch is planned for the evening of April 15, 1973. 

Rev. Kenneth Solomon, missionary on furlough is 
scheduled to speak here May 9-10 on the missionary 
program of the Brethren Church. 

The Falls City church will be host church to the 
Midwest District of The Brethren Church Conference 
which will be held October 11-14, 1973. 

May we conclude this news bulletin with a parting 
thought for the day, "It is good to be a Christian and 
know it. It is better to be a Christian and show it." 

Ethyl Schroedl, 
Corresponding Secretary 


At the Congregational Business Meeting April 3rd, 
le Sarasota First Brethren Church unanimously voted 
3 confer the title of Pastor Emeritus on Rev. Clarence 
tewart of Nappanee, Indiana for the work which he 
as given of himself unselfishly, and unstintingly, to 
ur Sarasota congregation. We would also add our 
ppreciation to his beloved wife Mary who has been 

special angel to our fellowship down through the 

It was on Sunday, January 3, 1971 that Rev. Stewart 
was presented a life membership certificate from the 
Missionary Board of the Brethren Church at special 
ceremonies at our church. 

Rev. Stewart was ordained by Rev. Kimmel in the 
South Bend, Indiana Church in 1914. His first pastorate 
was in the Teegarden, Indiana Brethren Church. Fol- 
lowing this he served the Loree Brethren Church for 
nine years and the College Corner Church for ten. He 
served the Mexico, Indiana Church for three years. 
His next call was to Bryan, Ohio where he served six- 
teen years. From 1946 to 1951 he was pastor of the 
New Paris, Indiana Church. In 1951 he went to the 
Flora, Indiana Brethren Church where he was pastor 
until 1959. He, then, was to retire, making his home 
in Nappanee, Indiana. 

While in retirement he was interim pastor of the 
Sarasota First Brethren Church from October of 1959 
to February of 1960. He was also interim pastor in the 
Tempe Brethren Church in Phoenix, Arizona. He was 
also pastor for three years in Mishawaka, Indiana and 
for three months in Roanoke, Indiana. In former years 
he has held evangelistic meetings in Indiana, Ohio, 
Pennsylvania, and Virginia, and is, at present, contin- 
uing as a supply pastor for the Brethren denomination. 

On July 17, 1971 he was featured on the cover page 
of the Brethren Evangelist with a story about his life, 
and tributes by such outstanding men as Dr. John F. 

We are proud at Sarasota First Brethren to confer 
the title of Pastor Emeritus upon Rev. C. A. Stewart 
as he joins his famous colleague and founding pastor 
of Sarasota First Brethren, Rev. Fred Vanator, Pastor 

In the words of Dr. John F. Locke, "The world and 
the Brethren Church need alot more saints like these 
men . . . men who will take their New Testament tasks 
seriously and work at them faithfully and happily, en- 
joying it all inspiringly, so that others will take heart 
and take up the battle and burden for the One who 
said, "My yoke is easy and my burden is light." 

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Brethren Youth are a living contradiction to the 
allegation that "our churches are full of people who 
only learned the words of Christianity and never the 
doing." We should be thankful that most of our church- 
es are teaching children and youth the action which 
accompanies the words and ideas as they are growing 
and learning in our church schools. 

Until recently it often appeared that one was not real- 
ly expected to serve Christ until he reached adulthood 
and completed his education. Even then, the impression 
was often left — albeit by accident — that the only 
real opportunities for Christian service were in far off 
lands across the sea or from behind a pulpit. Conse- 
quently many people have spent their entire lives 
attending services but doing little else to upbuild the 
Kingdom because they felt no call to these areas of 
service. Years ago legend has it that one teen-ager told 
another during Sunday school, "Don't worry, no one 
expects us to do anything. We're just supposed to sit 
and listen till we grow up." 

Fortunately, times and approaches to teaching have 
changed. Youth — the years between twelve and twenty 
— are more receptive to the gospel message than at 
any other period in their lives. And they want to be 
active in His service. They are somewhat like small 
children learning to .swim. Before all the fears and 

by Fred Burkey 

phobias are built in, it comes fairly naturally. But a 
adult who tries to learn to swim finds it quit 
unnatural and difficult. 

Educators for years have told us that for every tas 
in life there is a "teachable moment" when the indivit 
ual is ready both to receive knowledge and to use it I 

Our best information leads us to the conclusion thfl 
youth are most receptive to the challenge of Christia 
service . . . but it must be relatively immediate or th 
flame burns out. 

We are grateful that the Brethren Church is reeof 
nizing the need for youth-oriented service opportunities 
The church is rich in human resources and many ( 
the best are asking how they can serve. Some will b 
come professional pastors and missionaries, teachei 
and musicians; others will enter "secular" vocatior 
but if we are faithful (on the local, district and nationt 
levels) in laying out genuine service projects, oi 
church will continue to see new spiritual growth and 8 
increasing number of youth in living service. 

Lpril 21, 1973 

Page Fifteen 


Serving Brethren Care and the Brethren's Home 

Two girls will spend five weeks at Brethren Care 
in Ashland and three weeks at the Brethren's Home in 
Flora. The gals will be spending as much time as pos- 
sible just being with and caring about the residents. 
Daily routine schedules will be planned by supervisors 
at each location. 

Nyla Nye 
Milledgeville (2) 

Donna Shank 
Gretna (1) 

Nyla Nye is a second-year Crusader from the 
!vlilledgeville, Illinois, Brethren Church. Last year Nyla 
vas a member of the Midwest Team, which conducted 
/BS and visitation at Derby and Cedar Falls and par- 
icipated in various functions at Ohio Camp Bethany. 
5he will graduate from high school this spring. 

Donna Shank, formerly from Maurertown, Virginia 
and presently from the Gretna Brethren Church in 
Ohio, will be a high school senior in the fall. Donna 
is active in her high school and has been involved in 
BYC and Sisterhood on the local and district levels. 
She hopes to study nursing after graduation from high 

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The Brethren Evangelist 

Serving Ft. Wayne, Indiana — Crestwood 

The objectives of the Crestwood Project are (1) to 
reach persons of all ages in the Crestwood area with 
the Gospel message in ways that will encourage them 
to consider uniting with Crestwood Brethren or other 
evangelical churches, and (2) to prepare the core mem- 
bership of the Crestwood church for an ongoing inno- 
vative ministry to the whole community. Personnel wfill 
include five Crusaders, who will work closely with the 
pastor and DCE in areas of outreach to children, youth, 
and adults — the family as a whole. 

Ruth Deardurff 
Gretna (3) 

Paula Tinkel 
Crestwood (2) 

Ruth Deardurff, a third-year Crusader from the 
Gretna (Ohio) church, will serve as Children's Work 
Supervisor. Ruth served on the St. Petersburg team 
in 1971 and 1972 and will be using her knowledge and 
experience from Brethren House to develop a learning 
center at Crestwood. She is presently teaching at 
Hi-Point Day School for the Retarded in Bellefontaine, 

Paula Tinkel, "PK" from the Crestwood church, wli 
be a junior at Ashland College in the fall, majoring I 
elementary education. Paula has a special interest i 
the work at Crestwood and will be working closely wit, 
the children's program. Paula served on the Arizona 
Wyoming team in 1972. 

prU 31, 1973 

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Beverly Blough 
Smithville (1) 

Beverly Blough, from the Smithville, Ohio, Brethren 
hurch, will be a first-year Crusader. Bev will be an 
.C. junior in the fall, majoring in elementary educa- 
on and minoring in speech and hearing therapy. As 

vocational objective she hopes to become a teacher 
f the deaf. 

Joan Holsinger 
Park Street (1) 

Joan Holsinger of Ashland, Ohio, will be a sophomore 
geology major at A.C. in the fall. Joan has been especial- 
ly active at Park Street church in the areas of teaching, 
assisting, and directing recreation for the annual VBS. 
She also has developed her artistic abilities through 
training in high school and college. 

Michael Radcliff 
Milford (3) 

Mike Radcliff will serve as Youth Coordinator. Mike, 
"PK" from the Milford, Indiana, church, is a third- 
'ar Crusader, having previously served on the 1971 
'xperimental team and the 1972 Northern Indiana 
am (BRANCHES). Mike will be an A.C. senior in the 
11, with a major in religion and minors in Greek and 

Rev. Paul Tin led 
Pastor, Crestwood 

Rev. Paul Tinkel (long past youth and not a Cru- 
sader) is pastor of the Crestwood church. Paul will be 
working closely with DCE Fred Burkey and John 
Rowsey, Associate Secretary of the Mission Board, in 
developing an innovative outreach to adults. The team 
will work hand-in-hand with him in the total family 

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The Brethren Evang^ 


VANDEBGRIFT JR. BYC— We are having an average 
attendance of 15 at our meetings. . . . Each week we 
have had different planned pi'ograms such as Bible 
Baseball, filmstrips, Bible Down, sword drills, and 
various other games that teach us the Bible. 

NAPPANEE JR. HIGH BYC— In December we had 
bake sale. We had a few donations from the peop 
from the church besides what the kids brought. W 
made $38.50 and were very thankful for everyone th 
helped us. 

VINCO SR. BYC— We have been busy with determina- 
tion to meet all the goals. We want to give $.500.00 to 
our projects. . . . We had a ten-mile walkathon on 
which we made $306.60. Forty-one youth and five adults 
went on it in spite of it being a rainy and snowy day. 

JOHNSTOWN SECOND BYC~Our programs for meet- 
ings are planned by two alternating teams. ... In 
September we had a hayride. In October we had a walk- 
athon. . . . We were in charge of the Christmas Eve 
service at our church. 

PITTSBURG COaiB. BYC— This is the second year 1 
have been visiting nursing homes. There ai'e two hon ' 
we go to twice a month. When we go, we have a perJ 
of singing, fellowship, and a short service. The elde' 
people seem to enjoy it alot. This is also the second y<' 
for Operation Somebody Cares. This is where our yo) ' 
presents the ministry of Christ through the mail. '■ 
use little booklets to get the message across. There '■ 
a total of four mailings in succession. The youth tj !, 
stuff, and stamp the envelopes. Then it is up to i 
people to respond. There has been about a ten per c !' 
response. An adult visitation group then takes over y 
visiting those who respond. | 

pril 21, 1973 

Page Nineteen 




wo from Galilee, by Marjorie Holmes. Fleming H. 
Revell Co., Old Tappan, N.J., 1972. Hardbound, 223 
pages, $5.95. 

Impossible is . . . writing an entrancing novel when 
I'er^'one already knows not only the ending but the 
ntire plot. And yet, Marjorie Holmes has done just 
lis in her most recent book. Two from Galilee. The 
Two" are Mary and Joseph, and this is the story of 
aeir lives from the period of their courtship through 
le birth of their (her) first chUd. With the familiar 
Jiristmas story as her plot, the author flashes out the 
are bones gospel account with such expertise that I, 
Dr one, found it most difficult to tear myself away 
rem the book. Page by page, the story pulls the reader 
Drward, only slackening its grip on the last page. 

Now, what makes this story so gripping? First of all, 
Miss Holmes makes her people live. While worshipping 
one Christmas Eve, she suddenly became aware that 
the Christmas story was not a soothing lullaby but an 
earth-shaking event which involved real people in a 
real place. It really happened! With a determination 
to make this story real to others, she searched the back- 
ground of the times and even traveled to the Holy Land 
to get the "feel" of the place. As a result, her book is 
history come alive. The reader enters into the daily 
lives of Mary and Joseph, sharing their feelings: their 
doubts, their agonies, and their love. 

To be sure, this is a love story, and a story of a most 
beautiful love at that. As the author writes, "They had 
been chosen because they lo\'ed each other so much, so 
that this child might begin his Ufe in a home where 
there was love." Did the author then fall to the tempta- 
tion of romanticizing this story, as we so often do when 
we read Scripture? No, she did not, and this is the 
second reason why this stoiy is so gripping. 

Besides delving into questions that arise from 
the scriptural account. Miss Holmes also works in dis- 
cussions on love, suffering, and revelation, to name but 
a few. Deep probing into the realm of ideas, blended 
smoothly into the narrative, makes this a third factor 
which draws the reader's attention. 

And, fourth, there remains the talent of the author 
herself. Fans of Marjorie Holmes who ha\"e read her 
previous books, I've Got to Talk to Somebody, God and 
Who Am I, God? and or her column in Woman's Day 
magazine need no convincing. The great success of her 
books alone speaks for her ability. 

It's only too bad that men feel that romantic novels 
are "for women only." They wUl be missing a most 
worthwhile book. 

Judith Larson 
Book Newsletter 


WJEATON, 111.— The National Association of Evan- 
elicals wiU enter its fourth decade of service at its 1973 
onvention in Portland, Oregon, May 1-3. 

The event highlights the end of NAE's 30th Anniver- 
ary Year and will launch a new phase of ministry in 
ehalf of millions of evangelicals across the country, 
ccording to Dr. BiUy A. Melvin, executive director. Con- 
eming NAE's next ten years, Melvin said, "Never be- 
ore in the Wstorj' of this nation have conditions been 
o ripe for the evangelical witness. In spite of many 
i'onderful scientific discoveries and unprecedented 
tiaterial prosperity, people are stUl searching for pur- 
pose and meaning in life. 

"We know the ansvv'er is spiritual," Melvin asserted, 
and the pyower available through a relationship with 

the living Christ is the bridge toward understanding 
and solutions." 

As to NAE's role in this evangelical witness, Melvin 
said the association is gearing up to assist at the com- 
munity level in establishing new groups of united evan- 
gelicals and in strengthening existing ones on an action- 
oriented basis. "Local churches working together can 
sponsor many creative projects in outreach and Chris- 
tian ministry' that no single congregation can handle 
alone. Together they can initiate effective programs of 
social concern and, at the same time, spread the good 
news of Christ right there in the marketplace. It is 
time," he said, "for evangelical churches to get together 
and get the job done." 

NAE represents some 3.5 million evangelical Chris- 
tians in more than 36,000 local churches. 

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by Phil Lersch, Chairman 
Brethren World Relief Committee 

In April 1972, Pastor Lersch and John, his son, represented the Breth- 
ren Church on a three-week tour of six countries in Southeast Asia — spon- 
sored by the World Relief Commission of the National Association of 
Evangelicals. This is the ELEVENTH in a series of reports to the de- 
nomination abo^it the trip. W.R.C. is the evangelical relief agency through 
ivhich Brethren World Relief monies are channeled. 

Chun Yang Won Orphanage 


Our bus arrived at this orphanage past the scheduled 
time in late afternoon. But the children were still gath- 
ered in the bleachers at the sports field to give us the 
most personalized greeting we got on the whole trip. 

It's one thing to be introduced to the superintendent 
of a school or home by Dr. Graffam as you step off 
the bus. But it's something special (and remembered 
forever) to look into the crowd of youngsters and see 
one holding a wooden sign which says, "Welcome, Rev. 
Lersch." And another, "Welcome, John Lersch." That's 
right ... a separate welcome sign for each member 
of our group. 

LHun 1 1-1111.) W un UrpUunuyL 

Adidts standing are Dr. Everett Graffam (tour 

director) and Eid Hee (oiijhanage 

.superintendent). Note ivehome sign iji upper 

left. .Also note children. 

The chorus sang. All the children sang. We too 
pictures of the group. And had our pictures taken wit 
the children holding the signs with our names on then 

Then on into the small chapel for a dedication se 
vice of a newly-built girls' dorm. The Koreans "parked 
their shoes at the door again. But for us they had larg 
"socks" that fit on over our shoes. Another courtes 
for guests ... as well as chairs along the side for u 
while they sat on the floor. 

The superintendent of the Chun Yang Won Orpha; 
age is Eul Hee, a dear little lady with the compassic 
of Christ flowing through all she does. In Korea on! 
the 1st and 60th Birthdays are celebrated. It is sa 
that on her 60th Birtliday a few years ago was tl 
only time that village had a traffic jam. The childrt 
had grown up and come back. One boy was in Vietna 
as a soldier. He saved for two years to buy her oi 
mink pelt for around her neck, and ga\e it to her ( 
that 60th Birthday. 

Several buildings have liad to be moved because thi' 
were too close to the road. The World Relief Commi 
sion has helped with this e.vpense and a $1,000 che* 
was presented at the Dedication Service for the ne 
dorm. Two government officials were present. T 
children's chorus sang. The congregation sang "Con 
Thou Fount of Every Blessing." Two men from o 
group led in prayer and brought the message. 

All this was followed with an informal playlet, son{ 
and children's dances. We then walked a short distan 
for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and a tour of the doi 
itself. Again we saw first-hand the good some of o 
Brethren money is doing to help others. Got a go 
picture of John with one of the orphan children stai 
ing at the cornerstone. 

Before leaving, our gracious hosts treated us to 
freshments of Pepsi, cookies, bananas, pears, etc. A 
provided us with small embroidered towels and doili 
A visit of only a couple hours, but one we'll ne\ 

[>rU 31, 1973 Page Twenty-one 

Sung Ae Day Nursery 

SUNG AE DAY NURSERY family to be together at night, yet releases the parents 

Arriving at the city of Iri we crossed the railroad to work for a living during the day. 

acks upon which, before the DMZ was established, a For 4,000 years of non-Christian Oriental religions, 

;rson could board the train at Pusan, Korea, and ride the main concern of the people was for their own fam- 

ithout changing trains to Paris, France — including ily — not their neighbor's needs or the community. Then 

! days crossing Siberia. a miracle happened! Some churches began sponsoring 

The Sung Ae Day Nursery in Iri is operated by an Day Nurseries. Koreans for the first time, we were 

riental Missionary Society Church, the largest in the told, became concerned outside the family. WRC helped 

ty. The church building itself was built basement in those early days by supplying food for the children. 

rst. Then the upper sanctuary was added, without It still costs this church $300 per month to maintain 

srupting worship services in the basement. In Korea the Day Nursery. But the spiritual values are great and 

;ople equip God's House first, then their own homes, it is a tool of evangelism. The children hear Bible 

tie church usually is better equipped than the Chris- stories during the day, repeat them at home at night, 

ans' houses. some parents become inquisitive and come to inquire. 

This Day Nursery is just one of 240 operated by OMS, The church easily sees the value of investing $300 per 

id the 450 children are among the 25,000 aided by this month in compassion for children and evangelism, 

rogram in Korea. From the recreation area on the These things we learned while consuming delicious 

)of we viewed the children playing and singing in the tea and cookies in the pastor's living room — seated on 

ay-yard below. Day Nurseries are a rather recent the floor, sans shoes, of course, 

idition to child care in Korea. Better than orphanages (Next — The Honam Project) 

at least one parent is available, for it allows the St. Petersburg, Florida 


Valley Forge, Pa. (EP) — In response to human 
suffering follawing the devastating Dec. 23rd earthquake 
in Managua, Nicaragua, World Relief Commission sent 
$7,000 in borrowed money for emergency items and 
set a goal of $50,000. 

WRC Executive Vice President Everett S. Graffam 
said the Rev. Bruce Bell was appointed Emergency 
Field Director for the operations. Mr. Bell is Central 
America Director for Baptist International Mission, Inc. 

In addition to the Baptist group, WRC is working 
with the Assemblies of God missionaries and Centred 
American Mission personnel in Nicaragua. 

The quickest way to help the Nicanaguans, accoirding 
to the U.S. State Department, is to make monetary 
contributions to voluntary relief organizations. It is 
WRC pohcy to forward funds to evangeUcals working 
in a disaster area so that needed supplies of food, blank- 
ets and medicine can be purchased locally to avoid 
delay. The commission is the overseas relief arm of the 
National Association of Evangelioads. 


Cliittagong, Bangladesh (EP) — A T-ton truck served 
as an ambulance for an eight-year-old Bengali boy 
threatened with the loss of his one good eye, according 
to Fred Gregory, World Relief Commission's directoi- 
for Bangladesh. 

Jacob Bario, a Bengali, lost the sight oif one eye in 
complications following severe smallpox. Mrs. Howard 
Hawkes, AssembUes of God missioneu:y and represent- 
ative of WRC, visited his home every day. When the 
good eye was threatened with infection she knew the 
boy had to have professional help. 

Since 85 per cent of the transportation has been de- 
stroyed in Bangladesh, the WRC truck provided the 
solution. It was on a reguleirly scheduled relief run to 
Dacca when it gave the patient and his mother a lift. 

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The Brethren Evangelist 


ASHLAND, Ohio— The Ashland College Choir sched- 
uled 16 concerts during its Spring Tour this year per- 
forming in Ohio, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, 
District of Columbia and Florida between April 5 
and 15. 

Although the choir includes a wide range of both 
sacred and light concert fare in its repertoire, it empha- 
sizes the finest sacred music from all style periods in 
all its programs. 

Student singers in the choir represent the most ex- 
perienced participants in the vocal program on campus. 
Members are from all class levels. 

Calvin Y. Rogers, director of the choir, had announced 
a group of soloists appearing on tour with the choir. 
Richard DeLong, choir organist, is a music major from 

Other instrumentalists are Marilyn Amstutz, a sopho- 
more from Kidron, David Gatts, junior from Ashland, 
William Peters, junior from Berlin, Conn, and Lawrence 
Hiner, faculty percussionist. Featured vocal soloists 
are Barbara Stentz, senior from Nova and Joyce Wendel, 
a senior from Cleveland. 

In addition to the soloists, choir members include: 
ASHLAND — *Julie Meyer, Lou Ann Picking, Eric 
Schussler, Jo Anne Strine, Kevin Whitmore; LOUDON- 
VILLE — George Winters; BELLEFONTAINE — *Paul 
Deardurff; BOWLING GREEN— Beth Henschen; CAN- 
TON— Gail Klippert, Katherine Ritz, Lenn Shive; 
NORTH CANTON— Paula Baines; EL YRI A— Judith 
Hottenrott; EUCLID— Lynn Nevar; FAIRVIEW PARK 
—Jean Cipra; GERMANTOWN— *Sherry Barnhart; 
HOME WORTH— * Ron Blake; HUDSON — Timothy 
Neff; MT. PLEASANT— Carolyn Riley; NAVARRE— 
Debbie DeCeuster; NORTH OLMSTEAI Scott Bark- 
hurst; ORRVILLE— John Robinson. 

Also, BOLTON, CONN.— David Potter; MILFORD , 
IND.— *Michael Radcliff; FAIR HAVEN, N.J.— Betty; 
Bartel; MOUNTAINSIDE, N. J.— Dennis Uhlig; KER 
HONKSON, N.Y.— Cathy Previll; MT. KISCO, N.Y.-; 
Robert Watson; PENFIELD, N.Y.— Jon McKnight^ 
VALLEY, PA.— Jeff Ditzler; PITTSBURGH, PA.— Susai 
Lillich and HERNDON, VA— *Stephen Barber. 

Ashland College's "Ambassadors of Song" the Colleg(| 
Choir in recent years has performed concerts in majo: 
centers of America and Europe — Washington, Nev 
York, Rochester, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Akron, Dayton 
Chicago, Vienna, Bonn, Munich, Rome, Florence, Venice 
Paris and Geneva. 

In addition the Choir has performed informally ii 
St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, in St. Peters Cathedra 
in Rome and in the Baroque splendor of German' 
Ettal Monastery and Innsbruck's St. Stephens Church 

The choir and its director, Rogers, were warm! 
praised in the European press during their spring 
1972 tour. 
(* Denotes Brethren students) 


We often sing, "Sweet Hour of Prayer," and then 
content ourselves with ten minutes-or less. We sing, "O 
for a Thousand Tongues," and don't use the one we 
have to praise God. We sing, "Lord, I Give Myself to 
Thee," but never have any time or money to give Him. 
We sing, "The Whole Wide World for Jesus," and don't 
even invite our neighbor to church. We sing, "I Love 
to Tell the Story," and never mention it to anybody. 
Unless we change this, our story might be that of two 
churches, situated on opposite sides of the street, One 
sang, "Will there be any Stars in My Crown," and the 
other chimed in, "No, Not One." 

Corinth Brethren Bulletin 

April 31, 1973 

Page Twenty-thi«e 


WASHINGTON, D.C. (EP) — Madalyn (Murray) 
O'Hair, the attieist who brought about the Supreme 
Court decision on school prayer, has filed suit in federal 
court against President Nixon, the treasurer of the 
U.S., the Senate and House chaplains and other Cofnr 
gressional officials for allowing religious services in the 
White House and the Capitol. 
Acting as her own attorney, she accused Mr. Nixon 
f being the "central figure" in ain effort to "make 
iChristianity the official 'civil religion' of the United 
States." Specifically, she charged the President with 
holding religious services in the White House in viola- 
bon of the First Amendment. 

( In the suit, she asked the court to enjoin Mr. Nixon 
from allowing such services and to declare unoonstitu- 
don£il the practices Oif "devoting the property and prem- 
ises 'Of the Executive Mansion" to such religious services. 
iShe also brought suit against Dr. Edward L. R. Elson, 
brmer pastor of National Presbyteriaji church, Wash- 
ngton, D.C, the Senate chaplain, and Dr. Edward G. 
atch, a former United Methodist pastor who is the 
buse chaplain, for "reading passages from the 'Holy 
ible.' " 

Mrs. O'Hair then asked that the court enjoin the 
haplains and the sergeantsnat-arms of the Congress 
mm using the "property and forum" of the two Houses 
or that purpose. 

j She told the court that these religious practices 
♦interfere with the free exercise of reUgion on her part 
Is a federal taxpayer, aind ... all federal taxpayers 
. . and . . . contribute to an estabhshment of rehg- 
bn," which is contrary to the First Amendment. 


: La Canada, CaJif. (EP) — Hundreds of entries are 
xpected in the four-month "Christian Writing Contest 
)r Youth of Minority Groups," sponsored by the 
vangelical Press Association. 

I Guidelines for the January 1 to May 1, 1973 contest 
/ere prepared with the close cooperation of EPA board 
lember Mel Banks, editor of Inteen, Chicago. 
"Our hope is that the contest wiU encourage young 
sople who represent the minority groups in our plural- 
tic society to enter the field of writing," said EPA 
resident C. Charles Van Ness. 

: Contestarrts wiU submit entries by May 1, 1973, in the 
itegories of fictiom, non-fiction, and poetry. Any person 
jed 13-18 who is a member of a minority race in North 
merioa is eligible for one of the three prizes in each 
-- the three categories. Posters are available. 
Judges are being selected from all parts of the eoun- 
y. Winners of the contest will be announced at the 
ay 14-16, 1973 convention of the EvangeUcal Press 
issociaUon in Fort Wayne, Indiana. 


HERSHEY, Pa. (EP)— Miss America gave a Christian 
testimony here before the Greater Hershey Crusade 
for Christ. 

Terry Ann Meeuwsen, 23, told participants: "I don't 
feel that I represent young womanhood or the youth 
of America. I speak for myself. There are so many 
areas of Miss America that it can almost be over- 

A native of Appletoin, Wis., she recalled her experi- 
ences as a singer with the New Christy minstrels before 
she made a Christian commitment. 

On the nightclub circuit. Miss Meeuwsen said, "there 
was alcoholism and drugs around — no common denom- 
inator. I felt lost in nightclub entertainment. I realized 
I had to establish what is right and what is wrong for 
myself and I couldn't do it for myself. 

"That is why I made a commitment to Christ two 
years ago. And I think any confidence I have today 
can be attributed to that." 

When she and the Minstrels were playing at a Baptist 
church in Texas, Miss America related, "I had reached 
the point where I couldn't express love for anybody." 
Before the concert, a woman liad given her a booklet 
on the "Four Spiritual Laws." 

That night, she said, "I read the book, said a prayer, 
and told myself that I ought to give Jesus a chance." 
Five of the other eight members of the group later 
became Christians, she added. 

Miss Meeuwsen sang "Amazing Grace" and "He 
Touched Me" for the audience. Later, during an altar 
call, about 100 persons came forward. 

At a press conference held before her testimony at 
the Crusade, Miss America replied to the contention 
of some Women's Liberation groups that she is being 
exploited: "I have a $10,000 scholarship, more clothes 
than I know what to do with, and am having a good 
time. And I get a fee for my appearances. Is that being 

Of her Christian commitment, she said, "The commit- 
ment to Christ doesn't make me less human. What I 
say can sometimes be misinterpreted. I made mistakes 
just like everybody else does." 

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In the past few years the Lord has provided many 
blessings for the Newark Brethren Church. And they 
add up to the fact that the Newark church is now ready 
to stand on it's own. 

The Newark church has recently been Incorporated 
in the state of Ohio. This provides the legal basis for 
standing on our own. And in this the Lord even directed 
us to an attorney who did the legal work for us free 
of charge. 

Next the property deeds were put into the name of 
the church by the Missionary Board. The parsonage is 
free and clear — paid for by the church. The church deed 
has a mortgage with the local bank, but the recent $10 
Club gift of $10,342 has mut this mortgage in half. And 
the Church can easily handle it now. Again the Lord 
has blessed us. 

A second loan made to the Newark church by the 
Revolving Fund will be paid off within a few months. 
And a third loan made by the Ohio District Mission 
Board has been substantially reduced to about half of 
it's origional value. These facts show the efforts made 
by the local church membership. The added fact that 

the church offerings in 1972 increased by $1,773 ovi 
1971 shows that the Lord is blessing these efforts fi 
His cause. 

It should be pointed out that the church indebtedne 
in 1969 was over $35,000. Today it stands at a litt 
over $9,000. 

For a number of years the Newark church has ben 
receiving support from both the denomination 
Mission Board and the Ohio District Missin 
Board. The church has been working on redi 
ing this support and becoming self-supporting. 
July 1973 the support from both Boards will total on 
$54 per month — and stUl decreasing. This means th 
the Newark church is all but standing on it's own 
for the first time. And for this we give thanks. The t^ 
Mission Boards wall continue to "hold our hand" 1 
a little longer — until we get used to standing on o 
own. But a major goal has been reached in the Newa 
Brethren Church. 

We give thanks for what God has done for us a 
with us. And we look ahead to better things as 
guides us. 

LprU 21, 1973 

Page Twenty-Jive 



The following letter to Aunt Ethel and her response are reprinted from the 
book WHO'D STAY A MISSIONARY? by Helen Morgan and published by the 
Christian Literature Crusade, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania 19034, and reprinted 
by permission. This booklet is available from the Missionary Board for $1.00 and a 
companion volume WHO'D BE A MISSIONARY? is also available for $0.50. 

Dear Auntie Ethel: 

I am so thrilled because at college a few months ago I ivas called to 
he a missionary overseas. I feel I am quite well qualified for this as I am 
studying for a degree in Agriculture and hope to take an M.A. in it; con- 
sequently, I will he ahle to assist the native church in very practical ways. 

I am twenty in August and, though my girl friend thinks I will "get 
over it," I am sure the Lord has called me. What do you advise me to do? 
I imagine most missionary societies would he glad if I offered to them.. 
How shall I select the one which ivill most appreciate my training? 


Dear Ernest: 

I'm glad you feel so sure of the Lord's call. 

Finish your degree, get a joh somewhere in this country and make a 
success of it. After at least two years in your job, apply to the society that 
you consider God is leading you toward. 

Mix ivith all kinds of people and learn to tolerate their oddities and to 
like being with them. Study the Bible carefully and deeply. Aim at maturity 
in Christian thinking and action. Take as many different courses in the 
evenings as you can: ivoodworking , typing, cooking, painting — just keep 
learning. Learn to drive and, if you can, ride a horse. Widen your 

Try not to think of yourself as God's gift to the lucky mission- 
ary society that yoti finally select. They may (mostly hecaicse of govern- 
ment regulations abroad) be glad of your degree hut they tvill be much 
more interested in other things. Your colleagues and the nationals of what- 
ever country you go to will primarily he interested in what kind of person 
you are, so try to be a nice one by the time you get there. 

Auntie Ethel. 


Kenneth Solomon, veteran missionary under appoint- 
ment to Colombia recommends the following book 
which is available from the Brethren Publishing Com- 
pany, 524 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 44805 for 

In HAMMERED AS GOLD author David Howard 
gives to the reader an honest presentation of modern 
missionary activity in Colombia, South America that is 
both as thrilling and inspiring as it is instructional. 
The one who takes time to pick up this exciting book 
will find it most difficult to put it aside until completing 
it. And, upon finishing this wonderful adventure in 
reading, he will give thanks to God for having respond- 
ed to this enthusiastic recommendation to read this 
dramatic account of the marvelous way God is working 
in this needy area of Latin America. 

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In the March 10th issue of the BRETHREN EVANGELIST announcement was 
made of the visit of four of our Nigerian Church men to the United States. These 
men will be visiting churches of the Church of the Brethren most frequently but 
arrangements have been made for them to also visit some of our Brethren Churches. 
Following is a list of the confirmed dates for Brethren Churches. If you are near 
one of these, don't miss the opportunity of becoming acquainted with these men. 
If you can not attend one of these meetings, contact your nearest Church of the 
Brethren and ask the pastor where the men vnll be visiting in your area. 

5/3/73 Southeastern Pastors 

(At Chandon) 
5/3/73 Washington, D.C. 
5/18/73 New Lebanon, Ohio 

(carry -in dinner) 
5/19/73 Southern Ohio Pastors 

(at New Lebanon) 
5/20/73 New Lebanon, Ohio 

(morning worship 
5/25/73 Smithville, Ohio 
5/27/73 Ashland Park Street 

(morning worship) 
5/27/73 Canton, Ohio 

(evening worship) 
5/29/73 Peru, Indiana 

5/30/73 Oakville, Indiana 

5/30/73 Union Center Church of the 
Brethren near Nappanee 
6/V73 Elkhart, Indiana 
6/2/73 Ardmore, Indiana 

6/3/73 Jefferson, Indiana 

(9:00 A.M.) 
6/3/73 Goshen, Indiana 

(10:00 A.M.) 
6/3/73 North Manchester, Indiana 

6/3/73 New Paris, Indiana 

(10:30 A.M.) 
6/3/73 Bethany Church of the 

Brethren (Route 6 near 

New Paris, Indiana) 

John Guli 

John Gull 

John Guli (tentative) 

John Guli (tentative) 

John Guli (tentative) 

John Guli 
John Guli 

John Guli 

John Guli and 

Mamadu K. Mshelbila 
John Guli and 

Mamadu K. Mshelbila 
Malam Nvwa Balami and 

Jabani Mambula 
John Guli 
John Guli 

John Guli 

John Guli 

John Guli 

Mamadu K. Mshelbila 

Mamadu K. Mshelbila 


Dayton, Gretna, Gratis, Pleasant Hill, 
West Alexandria 

Miami VaUey Churches 

Area Churches 
Garber and Mansfield 

Louisville and MassUlon 

Loree, Center Chapel, College Corner, 

Flora, Burlington, Mexico 

Nappanee, Indiana 

Winding Waters 

North Liberty, County Line, South 
Bend, Teegarden 

Milford, Warsaw, and Dutchtown 

The suggested list of co-operating churches is only suggested as you may find 
it more convenient to attend a different meeting or to attend a service in a Church 
of the Brethren located closer to you . . . but DON'T MISS THE OPPORTUNITY. 

1)1 formation on Mamadu K. Mshelbila mid 
Malam Nnrn BaUnni by Alan Kieffaber and re- 
lirinte.d bi/ permission from the Febi-uary, 197,1 
MESSENGER. Pictures of John Guli, Jabani 
Mambula, and Nvwa D. Balami by Otto Shan- 
bacher and the picture of Mamadu K. Mshelbila 
is by Lois Schmidt. 

Lpril 21, 1973 

Page Twenty-seven 


In the BRETHREN EVANGELIST for March 10, 1973 
eprinted an article by Alan Kleffaber entitled "Lardin 
labas: The View from Within." This article from the 
"ebruary, 1973 MESSENGER told about John Guh, one 
f the Nigerian leaders who are now visiting the United 
Itates. Mr. Kieffaber continues below, concerning two 
nore of the men visiting us. 

Mamadu K. Mshelbila 

MAMADU K. MSHELBILA, perhaps more than any 
her Nigerian churchman, stands with his feet in two 
Grids. With the mark of his clan etched on his broad 
ice, he is closely related to an old royal Pabir family 
n the Western part of Lardin Gabas). Yet in 1973 he 

at once the first Nigerian principal of Kulp Bible 
;hool and the chairman of the 19,000 member Nigerian 
lurch. His challenges at a school in the opposite (east- 
Ti) end of the district and as the head of a church 
ith many tribal faces is enabling unity to emerge from 
e pressures of tradition and the pell-mell rush into 
e modern era. 

Though not yet 40, Mamadu does not lack experience. 
ke many church leaders, he was first drawn to edu- 
tion, Christianity, and church work by a medical 
oblem, which brought him early in life to the Gar- 
da hospital community. His training is all so typical 

his generation; begin primary school, then teach in 
e lower classes, advance a few years, then teach some 
ore. So, to Waka Teachers' College and a teaching 
rtificate, after which he also followed the channels to 
j'come an ordained minister. When in 1964 he was 
ipointed headmaster at Garkida, the oldest and largest 
iristian primary school in the mission area, he had 
rved as preacher, village evangelist, officer in Boys' 
■igade (similar to Boy Scouts), and member of several 
'urch committees. He left Garkida to attend the Theo- 
gical College of Northern Nigeria for four years, 
hen coming to KBS in 1972, he brought not only this 
oad cross-section of experience, but also a family of 
'?ht children. 

Predictably, however, the breadth of Mamadu's ex- 
rience necessarily limited its depth — just one of 

Nigeria's leadership problems, as Mamadu sees it. "In 
the past, both expatrites and Nigerians have had a 
vague fear that Nigerians could not handle responsi- 
bility well. This fear is to our mutual shame." This 
mistake is being corrected, but the image is there. Now 
budding rapidly, young leaders are thrust into learn- 
as-you-go situations. For the most part, they welcome 
it. For Mamadu it's a well-established pattern. 

Other concerns subtly nag at leaders like Mamadu. 
"Will there be a continuation of real friendship and 
fellowship with the overseas church, as the expatriates 
gradually phase out?" Implicit is a fear that the shaky 
financial structure will collapse if overseas support is 
withdrawn too soon. What is "too soon?" The "schedule" 
of withdrawal, much discussed but little clarified, is a 
touchy subject on both sides of the water. Mamadu 
points to cases where individual stations or entire pro- 
grams have disappeared under such circumstances. The 
present World Ministries Commission pattern of per- 
sonnel termination and budget tightening combine with 
the Nigerian struggle for a sound base of money, lead- 
ership, and unity to make this concern a real one. 

Disunity, also a touchy subject, looms large in every- 
one's mind. "But unity, brotherhood, and mutual under- 
standing must come to the church," says Mamadu. 
"When these are present, then problem solving will be 
easy; maturity and self-sufficiency will develop 
naturally." This sounds glib until one considers how 
often similar words are said of "mission" situations 
and areas of conflict stateside, and in the church at 
large. Mamadu definitely includes the U.S. church in 
his three-point goal. He feels the Nigerian church would 
be as severely crippled by a premature break with the 
"parent" church as by a schism among the Nigerian 

It is Mamadu's hope that his leadership will be suf- 
ficient to guide the Nigerian church through this tur- 
bulent period of misunderstanding and fracture, to a 
higher plane of spiritual and organizational maturity. 
For him, a return to the roots of the faith is essential, 
as an anchor amid the waves of less worthy loyalties. 
He covets the prayers and the continued support of 
his "brethren" in both Nigeria and America. 

Jabani Mambula 

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Nviva D. Balami 

MALAM NVWA BALAMI often feels like a square 
peg in a world of round holes. A dedicated teacher and 
pastor, he is one of the Nigerian churchmen caught in 
the pincers of past and future. A slight man with a 
slight physical handicap, he has nonetheless earned the 
respect if not always the agreement of his brethren. 

"My first ambition has always been to teach, and to 
serve wherever my church needs me." This double- 
barreled approach is directly to the point of Nigeria's 
need. Desiring to do more than teach children, Nvwa 
left his post as headmaster of Marama primary school 
and became an evangelist in the surrounding villages, 
convincing the government people that Bible should be 
added to the "3 R's" in the program for illiterate adults. 
A long string of churches now surrounds Marama. 

Nvwa early perceived the need for sound theological 
education in the nascent Nigerian church. He got church 
assistance to attend the Theological College of Northern 
Nigeria, the first Lardin Gabas man to do so. He then 
assumed charge of the church at Waka with its thous- 
and members in school and surrounding community. 
He stayed at this work for five years, stressing educa- 
tion and pastoral counseling in every mud hut, teacher's 
house, and dormitory room. 

Had theological education come too soon? Nvwa 
resisted the district's request that he move to Kulp 
Bible School after one year, maintaing the importance 
of his ministry at Waka. In majalisa (district meeting) 
he suggested that pastors wear robes to dignify their 
office and climate concern for clothing. Years ago this 
idea was regarded as impertinent and status seeking. 
But for the 50th anniversary celebration, all the min- 
isters will have robes. At TCNN, Nvwa learned an 
appreciation of music and form in worship, but at home 
he was told that his ideas should be reserved until more 
people shared his training. This bothers him very much 
because he sees in it a crisis in leadership, the church's 
most immediate obstacle. Nvwa notes the men who 
have been to TCNN and those who are there now. Will 
their ideas be accepted? Will they be regarded as threats 

by less-trained church leaders? Mamadu and John Guli 
have found a place in the church structure, but how 
many will? Some are already deciding that there is 
no future for the "educated" man in the church, and 
are turning elsewhere. 

Nvwa's own case illustrates. Leaving Waka because 
of differing views on church-sponsored education, he is 
now teaching Bible at Waka Secondary School. Bui 
since the school cannot recognize his nondegree cer 
tificate from TCNN, his salary is minimal. Thus he 
finds himself on the fringes of a church he wants tc 
serve, yet lacking in credentials to assume the position 
of a qualified teacher. In Nigeria, it is difficult to find 
the money to go back to school, especially for a mar 
with five children and responsibility for other relatives 
If he saw changes on the way, Nvwa might be mon 
optimistic about the present. 

The first to confess his own sensitivity to reproach 
desire to advance, and the pressure of ethnic loyalty 
Nvwa insists the church must rise above these. "W( 
should not see shameless manipulation within thi 
church. The meaning of Christ is the opposite of self 
interest and family loyalty." The church must revers< 
the trends of shrinking membership, caution in evan 
gelism, conflict of interest, and failure to attract am 
make a place for potential young leaders. The solutioi 
he sees is better education — for worship and ministry 
for administration and evangelism, and for weaning the 
church from divisive infighting. 

Nvwa would admittedly like to be in the \anguar 
of the new church, not as an officer but as a teache 
of ministers in Lardin Gabas. Perhaps he has alienate 
himself from the support he needs. Does the churcl 
need him? Is education one of its priorities? Does i 
want to be healed from its crippling infirmities? Nvw 
is caught with his church in these dilemmas. 

"I'm getting too old to learn Greek," Nvwa smile 
wryly, "but there are still some possibilities, and i 
or outside the church, something will open up." 

John Guli 

prU 21, 1973 

Page Twenty-nine 



is I polished the cross in the church today 

wondered just what people would say 
f I toolt it down from its resting place, 
ind put there instead a thing of disgrace 
,ike the one Jesus carried up Calvary's Hill, 
'he marks of shame are with us still. 

wondered too what Jesus would say, 
f He should enter the church today 
V^hile I was cleaning and making things fair 

wonder if Jesus would say, 'Were you there?" 
/[y faltering answer would probably be; 
But Lord, I try to make others see!" 
But wait," perhaps He would lovingly say. 
Have you given a cup of cold water today? 
"o some soul in need of a smile and a prayer, 
"•q help make his burden more easy to bear?" 

sat with bowed head and a sense of remorse 
Vas I really there when He died on the cross? 

—Delia P. Davis 


After you've taken them to the store 
And roamed the aisles for an hour or more; 
After you've dropped them a subtle hint, 
("Mother likes almond better than mint.") 
After you've loaned them the three cents tax 
And wrapped the package, you can relax; 
Nothing to do till the day arrives. 
But practice your shouts of glad SURPRISE. 

—Betty Billip 


He was just a little lad, 

and on the Sabbath Day 

Was wandering home from Sunday School 

And dawdling on the way. 

He scuffed his toes into the grass; 

He found a caterpillar; 

He found a fluffy milk-weed pod, 

And blew out all the 'filler.' 

A bird's nest in a tree o'erhead 

So wisely placed and high, 

Was just another wonder 

That caught his eager eye. 

A neighbor watched his zig-zag course. 

And hailed him from the lawn: 

Asked him where he had been that day. 

And what was going on. 

"Oh, I've been to Sunday School." 

He carefully turned a sod, 

And found a snail beneath it; 

"I've learned a lot of God." 

"M'm, a very fine way," the neighbor said 

"For a boy to spend his time; 

"If you'll tell me where God is, 

"I'll give you a brand new dime." 

Quick as a flash his answer came! 

Nor were his accents faint; 

"I'll give you a dollar, Mister, 

"If you'll teU me where God ain't." 

— ^Author Unknown 


'Twas a sheep, not a lamb, that went astray 

In the parable that Jesus told; 
'Twas a grown-up sheep that wandered away 

From the ninety and nine in the fold; 
And out on the hilltop, and out in the cold, 

'Twas a sheep that the Good Shepherd sought; 
And back to the flock and back to the fold 

'Twas a sheep that the Good Shepherd brought. 
Now, why should the sheep be so carefully fed 

And cared for, even today? 
Because there is danger if they go wrong 

They will lead the lambs astray. 
The lambs will follow the sheep you know 

Wherever they wander, wherever they go. 
If the sheep go wrong, it will not be long 

Till the lambs are as wrong as they. 
So still with the sheep must we earnestly plead, 

For the sake of the lambs today; 
If the lambs are lost, what a terrible cost 

The sheep will have to pay. 


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In This Issue: 

3 TV — X-R-PG or G? (Editorial) 



BAPTISM Memorial Study Digest 
by James Naff 



by Mrs. Duane Dickson 


by Brian Moore 









As a result of an expansion in the Telephone Com- 
pany program in Ashland the past few weeks, the 
Brethren Publishing Company has been issued a new 
telephone number. The number to call when contacting 
the Brethren Publishing Company and the Bookstore 
is (419) 289-0325. To caU Mr. Dick DeVeny in the print- 
ing plant the number is (419) 289-2611. 


If you find any mistakes in this issue 
of our church paper please consider that 
they were put there for a purpose. We 
try to publish something for everybody — 
including those who are always looking 
for mistakes. 

May 5, 1973 

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By the Way 






There have been many requests in the various church 
julletins that are sent to the editor's desk pertaining 
to appeals for interested persons to write to the CBS 
relevision Networlt opposing the projected presenta- 
tions of X-rated films on television. 

Your editor has written a personal letter to the presi- 
ient of CBS on this matter and has just received a 
reply from the CBS vice president of Program Practices 
Dn this subject. 

Many of our readers who may have protested in like 
manner to the network may have received answers 
similar to the one published here, but for the benefit 
jf those who are concerned about the matter but did 
lot make a formal protest to CBS we are hereby re- 
printing the answer received by this office. 

The CBS Television Network has made no 
mnouncement that it plans to nm X rated movies. 
' cannot he too emphatic in stressing that CBS 
[las no intention of broadcasting X rated movies; 
\ior has it eve)- had any such intention. Let me, 
IS briefly as possible, set forth the facts. 

I should point out that when it was determined 
.hat the CBS Television Netivork woidd replace 
Merv G7-iffin with motion pictures, arrange- 
nents were made to purchase 2U7 features. Of 
hose, one, "The Damned," had originally been 
liven an X rating for theatrical showing. Before 
ve woidd even consider it, ive insisted that the 
listributors edit the film and have the X rating 
■emoved by the Motion Picture Code Office. Both 
vere done; it ivas edited and the rating u-as re- 
used to an R. We — CBS — felt that even more 
diting was necessary and proceeded to take an 
'dditional eleven minutes out of the film, after 
rhich it tvas our conviction — and still is — that 
he motion picture would have come under the 
■ategory of PG — Parental Guidance. I think you 
vould agree that any television viewing at such 
'-■ late hour loould involve parental guidance. 

I'm sorry you've been misled, and Fit appreciate 
t if you'd be kind enough to enlighten those by 
vhom you were misinformed, 

"homas J. Stvafford 
''ice President 
^rogram Practices 


This denial by CBS of ever having made such an 
announcement pertaining to the showing of said movies 
may serve as a reminder that many people have been 
misinformed. It does not completely exonerate them as 
a detriment to the morality of our nation in that they 
admit the movies would have to be rated PG. Neither 
does it mean they should be held solely responsible for 
being alone in this matter of programming. The other 
networks are contributing also by offering certain pro- 
grams that indirectly or directly contribute to the de- 
cline of the morality of our society. 

To share in the blame and the responsibility along 
with the networks, the sponsors of the programs in 
question might accept their share of the responsibility. 

There is a project being undertaken at the present 
time by a group known as The Society For The 
Christian Commonwealth, Inc. which has quite a bit 
of information dealing with this subject. It can be had 
by writing to; 

278 Broadview Ave. 
Warrenton, Virginia 22186 

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Through your generous gilts to Lit-Lit work, I was 
able to attend the Afroht Seminar held in Lome, Togo 
on December 10-20, 1972. The Lit-Lit Committee of the 
Higi Advisory Committee sent Mr. Bitrus Zira of 
Mbororo along with me to the literacy meeting. 

When we went to Lome for the seminar, we traveled 
by bus and train from the Higi area to Lagos, capitol 
of Nigeria. On the way to Lagos, we passed through the 
jungle and broad open grass land. By taxi, we went 
through the small country of Dahomey along the sea 
coast. It was our first time to see the ocean. When we 
returned from the seminar, we traveled by plane. 

There were thirty-one delegates and nine consultants 
from many different countries of Africa, Europe, and 
the United States. These met daily to discuss African 
literacy programs. There were lectures, workshops, 
clinical sessions, and field trips during this time. 

One of the consultants, Dr. Ampene of the University 
of Ghana, suggested, "that new readers should be giver 
an opportunity of learning for self-esteem and self 
actualization. He should also be given a chance of writ 
ing something of his own." 

Dr. Gudschinsky of the Summer Institute of Ling 
uistics stated that a person is literate when he can 
"read and understand anything he would have under 
stood if it had been spoken to him in a language tha' 
he speaks, and who can write, so that it can be read.' 

It was at this seminar that Bitrus and I discoveret 
the real need of literacy work in the Higi area and it; 
potential help for our people. We shall do our best t( 
motivate others to do Lit-Lit work with us. We wlsl 
to carry out an active Lit-Lit program among the Hig 
people and to help others who may wish this work ii 
their area. I realize that most of the Higi people do no 
know how to read and write. Out of six thousand Hig 
church members perhaps only one thousand are literate 
There are many thousands more outside of the churcl 
who we are trying to reach for Chi'ist with Lit-Li 
work. Our goal is to develop Christian literature fo . 
these people. j 

We, in the Higi churches, are grateful for you' 
support in this needed work. 

tlay 5, 1973 

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by REV. T. RAJA RAO, Rajahmundry 


It is commonly believed in India that good works like 
eeding tlie poor, building the temples, charitable en- 
owments, reading holy books, and many other things 
an compensate for and cancel the sin which a man 
lay have committed, and attain (Maksha) salvation, 
iecause of this many a man who is a thief, an adulterer, 
r even a murderer hopes to go to heaven by perform- 
ng many good deeds with the least amount of interest 

them but with the aim of attaining (Maksha) 

The Bible makes it clear that we cannot influence 
!od or attain salvation just by doing good things. It 
ays that all our good deeds are like filthy rags before 
od (Isaiah 64:6). Our good works cannot save us 
Ephesians 2:9). On the day of judgment every man 
nil be defenseless and will have to confess that he is 
uilty of sin inspite of all his good works. "Therefore 
ly the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified 

his sight. . ." (Romans 3:20). 

If your good works cannot assure you of salvation, 
low then can you get salvation? The Holy Bible tells 
is the correct way. First of all you must repent of 
our sins, with real sorrow in your heart for what all 
ou have done in the past and doing in the present. You 
night be a drunk, you might be telling lies in your 

business or writing false accounts. You might have 
traveled without a ticket or on another person's Rail- 
way Passes. You might have taken bribes for doing 
someone a favor. You might be living with a woman 
to whom you are not married. You might even be a 
murderer, whatever you are and whatever may be the 
size and nature of your sins, when you repent of them 
you will be filled with shame and hate for what you 
have done, and you will be humbled by the knowledge of 
it. Because of sinful life you are unworthy to stand in 
the presence of the Holy God. You will be ready to 
confess all your sins and will be longing to be delivered 
from every one of them. You will have desire to live a 
new life in the fear of God. This act of repentance will 
redeem the burden of your heart and make you happy. 
The scripture says, "If you confess your sins, he is 
faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us 
fi'om all unrighteousness." (I John 1:8, 9) 

The second step is you must believe the Lord Jesus 
Christ who died on the Cross for your sins, and shed 
his precious blood to clease you from every stain of 
sin. You must trust that the Lord Jesus Christ rose 
again from the dead and He is alive today and is eager 
to save you from the clutches of sin. As you put your 
faith in Christ, the power of God will empower you to 
win over the devil and make you a new person. No one 
can save himself by good works. A sick man needs a 
doctor, a drowning man needs a life saver, a student 
needs a teacher, so also you need Jesus Christ to save 
you from drowning in sin. The Lord Jesus alone can 
meet your need and solve your problem. Repent and 
surrender to Him, He will deliver you from sin and 
lead you to salvation. 

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Reviewed by Samuel F. Roiven 

Something significant may have happened at the 
Urbana '70 Inter-Varsity missionary convention. And 
the title of this book may offer a clue. Christ the 
Liberator is the collection of the Bible e-xpositions, 
addresses and reports delivered to the 12,300 delegates. 
In the past it has been common practice to produce 
the volume with the title of the official theme. Tom 
Skinner finished his address on "The U.S. Racial Crisis 
and World Evangelism" with the challenge to the dele- 
gates to proclaim that "the Liberator has come." The 
spontaneous applause at that moment established the 
real theme of the convention. 

The theme of world evangelism was central in all of 
the addresses. Poverty, racism, social justice were all 
addressed in a word-wide context and not in isolation 
from evangelism. Leighton Ford gave the keynote 
address on "Is Man Really Lost?" This issue grew out 
of a survey following the 1967 convention which showed 
that many delegates were not convinced that man was 
eternally lost if he did not hear and believe the gospel. 

The expositions of John 13-17 by John R. W. Stott 
(which comprises nearly one-third of the book) is worth 
the price of the book. Samuel Escobar (Argentina), 
George Taylor (Costa Rica), Samuel Kameleson (India) 
and Byang Kota (Nigeria) give perspective to the issues 
of evangelism from Third World nations. Paul Little 
gave one of the most practical addresses on knowing the 
will of God I have ever read. Ted Ward outlined the 
variety of options available for overseas service, and 
Warren Webster spoke on the qualifications of a 

In a collection of this nature all addresses are not ol 
equal value. However, this book is worth reading, for 
it not only gives good information, but communicates an 
optimistic excitement concerning world evangelizationj 

Mr. Rowen works with Missionary 
Internship, Farmington, Mich. 
( Christ the Liberator. Downers Grove, lU. : Inter- Varsit> 
Press, 1971. 288 pp. $2.95 (paper). 

"Reprinted by permission from the EvangeUca, 
Missions Quarterly" published by the Evangelica! 
Missions Information Service. 


During the April Mission Board meeting, a letter was 
received from the Larry Bolingers, sharing with us 
their decision to terminate their service in Nigeria with 
their present term. This decision has been made after 
much prayer, considering the needs of the church, and 
for the over all good of the work. The Missionary Board 
has accepted this resignation with regrets, but gives 
thanks to the Bolingers for their faithful service over 
more than six years as missionaries. We pray for God's 
richest blessings upon each member of their family 
as they return to the United States to begin a new 
phase in their ministry. 

Since their desire is to continue to sei-ve the Brethren 
Church in a pastorate and they should be located in 
that pastorate by the first of September, they will not 
be available for deputation upon their return from 
Nigeria. They will be in attendance at General Confer- 
ence and the Brethren will have an opportunity to hear 
from them at that time. 

[ay 5, 1973 Page Seven 



'' The following letter to Aunt Ethel and her response are reprinted from the 

book WHO'D STAY A MISSIONARY? by Helen Morgan and published by the 
Christian Literature Crusade, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania 19034, and reprinted 
by permission. This booklet is available from the Missionary Board for $1.00 and a 
companion volume WHO'D BE A MISSIONARY? is also available for $0.50. 

Dear Auntie Ethel, 

I am 25 and have applied to a Tnissionary society. Noiv they want me 
to study for TWO YEARS in a missionary training college! I am a fully 
qualified nurse and I could be used NOW. There are tremendous needs and 
shortages of medical staff in a number of places. It seems such a tuaste of 
time to wait tivo more years. 

I have also heard most alarming things about these ivomen's mission- 
ary training colleges. Some people say they concentrate on turning out 
approved "types" for the mission field. The thought of becoming a "type," 
quite apart from having to live again in a women's institution, is enough 
to make me shudder. Do you think I should apply to another missionary 


Dear Impatient, 

If you just want to go abroad and NURSE, then go with a government 
organization. If you tvant to go as a missionary then don't resent the fact 
that you need training. You will NEED the solid biblical grounding 
offered you in a Bible college. There is no need for you to go to a women's 
college; there are several mixed ones. Personally I arrived in my Bible 
college so emotionally exhausted by -various tempestuous love affairs that 
I was only too delighted to be minus the opposite sex. 

Concerning the "type." There is a sense in tvhich Christians will be 
the "same." "Be ye all," said Paul, "of the same mind" and, again, 
"Let this mind be in you tvhich was also in Christ Jestis." Christians are 
striving to be "like Jesus" and this ivill color their thinking so that there 
will often be a uniformity of opinion about things. There will be a tmiform 
kindness, a consideration for other people, an ability to weather life with- 
out going overboard. Do you mind sharing this kind of thing with others'? 
But within these limits there is scope for a great widening of interests, 
different personalities, different gifts, different attitudes. Be yourself 
and let God teach you. His is the master hand and He is the God of variety 
of creature and color so that no snow flake is like its fellow, no single thumb 
print is identical ivith another. Entrust yourself to Him and you tvon't 
become the "type" you fear! 

Auntie Ethel. 

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Dr. L. W. Bottoms 

Dr. Lawrence Bottoms will return to our General 
Conference this August as the speaker for the Tuesday 
evening Laymen service and for a combined Ministers- 
Laymen meeting on Wednesday morning. Dr. Bottoms 
has served as pastor in several Presbyterian Churches 
as well as executive with the Board of Church Exten- 
sion of the Presbyterian Church, U.S. 

At the present time Dr. Bottoms is the Coordinator 
of Support Services, Board of National Ministries of the 
Presbyterian Church and has held this position since 
1969. He is an author as well as having served as 
Associate Editor of the Presbyterian Outlook. His ex- 
perience is not only in Home Missions as he has visited 
overseas fields of the Presbyterian Church in Brazil, 
Africa, and Portugal. 

Plan now to attend General Conference, August 13- 
19, 1973 not only to hear Dr. Bottoms in these two pro- 
grams but also to participate in all of the other activities 
being planned. 

lay 5, 1973 

Page Nine 


JOHANNESBURG, South Africa— Evangelist Billy 
;raham told the largest multi-racial group ever assem- 
led in this nation that South Africa is "finding she 
an no longer live isolated from the rest of the world." 
This is just one of the many changes facing Africans 
n every side," he said at an evangelistic rally at 
Wanderers Stadium here. "While fashion and styles 
liift and while politics and laws change, God never 
tianges," the evangelist emphasized in his final meet- 
ig in South Africa. 

The American preacher spoke to an estimated 60,000, 
stting a new record for the sports arena in which the 
srvices were held. The previous high mark was 36,000 
t a championship cricket match. 

Graham stressed that the God who "so loved the 
'orld" loves black as well as white, red as well as 
ellow, rich as well as poor, educated as well as uned- 
cated. The congregation he addressed included repre- 
jntatives of all the country's races and groups. Black, 
town and white were mingled throughout the crowd, 
hey also worked together as volunteers helping to 
^her and counsel. In addition to being the largest 
iultiracial gathering ever held in the country, the 
illy was also the largest religious meeting ever held 

When the evangelist gave the invitation to receive 

hrist at the end of the service, thousands walked to 

lie platform area to indicate their profession of faith. 

ounselors speaking Afrikaans, English or Zulu were 

1 hand to assist those who came forward. The final 

illy sponsored by South Africa Youth for Christ, with 

•le cooperation of hundreds of area churches, climaxed 

raham's first visit to this nation. 

It was disclosed here that he was initially invited to 

'each here 26 years ago. Daniel Mills of Capetown, an 

:!year old retired lawyer, was introduced as one of 

ose who first invited the evangelist a quarter century 

JO. He was one of the founders of South Africa Youth 

r Christ and was a platform guest here. Graham 

:pressed regret that he had waited until 1973 to accept 

e invitation. "Maybe," he explained, "this is God's 

oment." The current president of South Africa Youth 

r Christ, atomic scientist Lou Atberts, said in wel- 

ming the American that he knew this was "the right 

Tie." The evangelist had refused previous invitations 

!cause he could not be assured that racial integration 

3uld be possible in the audiences. 

His first South African rally in the port and resort 

:y of Durban a week before the Johannesburg event 

as held in connection with a multi-racial Congress on 

.angelism and Mission. Special government permis- 

m was obtained to hold all three of the integrated 

ents. Preaching on John 3:16, Graham stressed God's 

ichanging nature in the midst of world change. He 

entioned that he had observed change in the brief 

ne — less than two weeks — that he had been in the 

untry. The evangelist warned, however, that no 

atter how much change is effected by man, Utopia 

ill not come until Jesus Christ returns to earth. He 

'ted that human nature with its tendency towards 

1 will continue to be a factor affecting life on earth. 

The historic service was the first evangelistic meet- 

g ever broadcast live over a nationwide radio network 

in South Africa. There are no television stations in the 
country and a radio commentator said that the audience 
for the program was the largest in the history of South 
African broadcasting for a religious program. 

Professional golfer Gary Player who had joined in the 
invitation to Graham and who gave a reception at his 
home for the Graham Team was on the platform. Other 
sports figures were also in the congregation as was 
the Mayor of Johannesburg. 

Til is statement by Dr. Billy Graham is a reply 
to a few inquiries pertaining to statements made 
by the Evangelist on capital punishment and rape 
during a press conference tvhile on his South 
Africa Crusade tour. 

I would like to amplify some of the press reports 
of comments I made recently in South Africa concern- 
ing the penalty for rape. 

Eirst, of all, it is of interest that the African press 
regarded the big story of my visit to be in the realm 
of race relations. My strong statements on race plus 
the large numbers attending the meetings and respond- 
ing to the Gospel were front page news. In fact, the 
crusades broke all attendance records for any event 
south of the equator in Africa. The meetings were 
totally integrated. This in itself was played up as his- 
toric in the press. 

I realize it is not the responsibility of a minister 
of the Gospel to go around setting penalties for crime. 
My comment on rape was an offhand, hasty, spon- 
taneous remark at a news conference that I regretted 
almost as soon as I said it. I meant to come back to it 
before the conference was over and correct it but got 
sidetracked on other issues. I unfortunately used a 
word which, in our sex-oriented culture, was emotionally 
charged and did not really clarify my true thoughts. 
It came out of a deep concern for the rapid increase 
in the number of rapes and a result of it having been 
called to my attention by a newsman concerning a 
12-year-old girl who had been raped by several men 
and who the doctors said may be a psychological invalid 
for life. I said at that press conference, "Whatever 
penalties society may impose for crime against the 
person, they should be administered fairly, objectively, 
equally, and swiftly to all, without regard to race or 

It is interesting that the thought of castration for 
some people stirs a far more violent reaction than the 
idea of rape itself. Perhaps this is a part of our per- 
missive society's sickness. 

The Bible teaches that all men will one day appear 
before the Judgment Throne of God where perfect 
justice, untainted by the sin and error of man, will be 
meted out by a just and merciful God. This justice of 
God will be administered with a severity that is greater 
than the mind of man to imagine and this justice of 
God will be administered also with a mercy that is 
beyond the mind of man to imagine. 

Ultimately, the answer to controlling crime is not to 
mount a legal offensive, but to effect a change of heart. 
This is the miracle produced by faith in Christ. My 
recent world trips only strengthen my conxaction that 
our nation's future is hinged irrevocably to a spiritual 

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(Note: The Central District Conference, in August 1969, memorialized the 
General Conference as follows:) 

"We memorialize the General Conference of the Brethren Church with 
this petition of inquiry — that the Central District Conference goes on record 
as favoring — that the Brethren Church accept into membership persons 
who have confessed Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior, and have 
been baptized by Believers' Immersion, and who evidence a personal faith 
in their lives." 

General Conference referred the matter to Central Council for consideration. 
Central Council then appointed a committee charged with preparing guidelines for 
an indepth study of the memorial. The Committee later reported to the Council, 
(and to the denomination) that a program of study and research was being pre- 
pared, so that following a period of time, the Brethren could come to a knowledge- 
able consensus on the matter. Central Council approved the proposed study and 
research program of the committee. 

As a part of that study program, outstanding scholars and theologians in the 
Brethren Church were approached relative to their participation in the program 
through the preparation and presentation of papers on specific subjects relating 
to baptism. Out of nine selected areas of study, seven papers have already been 
prepared and presented to General Conference. The last two will be presented at 
the 1973 General Conference. Tapes of the presentations (and subsequent discussion 
periods) have been made, and are available for personal or group listening. Copies 
of the papers are also available. Write the Central Council office at Ashland for 
more information on these tapes and papers. 

Presently, the Study Committee is presenting through the pages of The 
Brethren Evang-elist, digests of the seven papers already given at General Confer- 
ence. The second of these appears in this issue. The others will follow shortly. 

It is the prayer of the Study Committee, and of Central Council, that as a result 
of this study program and the deliberations of the Brethren, that the mind of the 
Brethren Church might be the mind of God on this matter, so that the all-important 
business of our witness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ might go on in an 
ever-increasing manner, to the saving of souls for eternity and to the glory of God. 

Baptism Memorial Study Committee: 
Fred Burkey, Secretary 
Clayton Berkshire 
Glenn Shank 
Arden Gilmer 
St. Clair Benshoff, Chairman. 

lay 5. 1973 

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This is a digest of a memorial paper on Baptism presented to the 
General Conference as a part of the study program prepared by the Bap- 
tism Memorial Study Committee of Central Council. 

by Rev. James Naff 

Pastor, St. James Brethren Church 
St. James, Maryland 

There are several "pictures" of Christian Baptism 
in tlie Old Testament. 

A. THE ARK (I Peter 3:20-22) 

Not only was the ark completely surrounded by 
the waters of the deluge, but the old life was 
buried under the waters. Their coming forth was 
to a completely new life. 

(I Cor. 10:1-5) 

It is of particular interest to note that Ebap- 
tisonto, which is middle voice, implies the con- 
sent of the subjects, "had themselves baptized." 

The ceremonial cleansing before atonement 
(Lev. 16:4, 24, 26, 28), according to the best 
Jewdsh scholars was always by a triple action, 
"To this day (1927) Orthodox Jews continue the 
triple washing, as a sign of renewing the heart."' 

The rites of circumcision and bathing (symbol 
of cleansing) along with the rites of atonement 
and purification, were condensed into a triple 
bathing, usually performed on the day of atone- 
ment. In the day of John the Baptist, it was the 
recognized proselyte baptism, and who is to say 
it was not his method. 


Very early, external purification was accepted 
as a symbol of internal cleansing (Gen. 35:2), 
fulfilled in and by Christ. 
I Stuckman, "Beauty and Purpose of Christian Baptism," p. 4. 


Baptism represents the saving work of each member 
of the Trinity. Jesus' formula is trinitarian (Matt. 
28:19, 20). The terms Father, Son, and Holy Spirit 
are NOT interchangeable. Saving faith recognizes 
the distinct saving work of each member of the 


1. Accepts the faith of the penitent 

2. Forgives the penitent's sin 

3. Receives the penitent as a son 


1. Propitiation for sins 

2. Bearer of Divine Life 

3. Head of Church, His Body 


1. Convinces of sin 

2. Renews the heart 

3. Glorifies Jesus 

4. Enables us to live in Christ 

Baptism must depict death, burial and resurrection 
as well as dependance. The death of the old man ( Rom. 
6:5) is only adequately shown by a forward action. 
(Jesus bowed His head and gave up the ghost (John 
19:30). Free choice is adequately demonstrated only 
by forward action — I give my life — whereas calamity is 
expressed by backward action — compulsion. 

It also expresses worship (Phil. 2:10) but one does 
not fall backward in worship but rather forward. 


Study the richness of the Greek language in regards 
to the rite of baptism. 

1. — rantizo — sprinkle, moisten, purify. 

2. — echeo — pour, pwur out, — epicheo-pour over, 
pour upon. 

3. — pluno — to wash by plunging in water, cleanse, 

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4. — nipto — wash, purge, cleanse a portion of the 

5. — loutron — bathing place 

6. — louo — to wash the whole body 

7. — baptizo — to dip, immerse. 

Baptizo in one or another of its forms is used 
throughout the New Testament invariably in refer- 
ence to Christian Baptism. Baptizo is known as a 
frequentative verbal, meaning that the action 
denoted is repetitive. 

Since the Greek language is so expressive and 
exact with distinct words expressing various appli- 
cations of water, is it not to be understood that the 
Spirit expressly guided in the choice of baptizo. 


Baptizo — dip, immerse, submerge — is used through- 
out the New Testament when referring to the action 
of Christian Baptism. It is a frequentative verb. 
Matthew 28:19 
No explicit directions concerning the mode of bap- 
tism are given except in the commission. From the 
first, it must have been understood by the Apostlei 
for no dispute arose until the Arian unitarian heresy 
in the 4th Century. 
Baptizontos is frequentative. The word itself does not 
determine the number of dips. The number is indicated 
by the modifying phrase, "into the Name of the Father 
and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost." The names are 
distinct; they cannot be substituted one for another, 
so, three dips would be the proper number. 

But why is it so important to fulfill the commission's 
three possessives? 

— "into the Name" — has double meaning. 
— object or purpose 
— union or communion with 
To be baptized "into the Name of" means into the 
possession and protection of: a "love bond slave" of 
the Savior. 

This ellipses, with three co-equal possessive clauses, 
becomes especially clear when the verse is diagrammed ^ 





make disciples 

of - n ations 
all I 



into - NTaTv^p 

of - father 



( into - Name ) 


of - Son 

, I and 

( in to - Name ) 


( the ) 

of - Holy Ghost 


"The early church understood this perfectly, and 
Tertullian, only a generation from the Apostles, says 
candidates were immersed 'Three times, at each Name, 
into each separate person. "3 

2 R. L. Hoffman, "Biblical and Historical Proofs for Triune Immer- 
sion," A.T.S. 1953. 

i C. F. Yoder, God's Means of Grace, p. 175. 

The body is buried once (one going down into and 
one coming up out of the water) expressing the unity 
of God, but the head is dipped three times expressing 
Acts 8:36-39. 

This presents a strong case for administered baptism 
and immersion, otherwise, why would Philip go dowir 
into the water with the Eunuch? 
Acts 22:16 

The middle voice, "get thyself baptized," emphasizes 
the active part taken by the convert in his own baptism. 

Several texts have been used to prove that Trine 

Immersion is contrary to Scripture. . 

1. Ephesians 4:5 ' 
This verse is not dealing with the number of dips oi 

the division of water and Spirit, but rather appealing 
for unity in the church. 

2. I Corinthians 12:13 

But this does not refer to the action, but to the MODI 
of induction into ONE BODY. As the text does no 
indicate the number of dips, it is again limited by oui 
Commission to baptize, hence, three dips. 

3. Hebrews 6:1, 2 

At first glance one would think this allowed for anj 
type of baptism, since baptismone is plural. 

The Syriac renders it baptism, singular. It may refe: 
to plural dippings, but it certainly does not refer t( 
pourings or sprinklings. 

4. John 3:5 
We are born only once into the kingdom, so we should 

be immersed only once. But are we not then confusinj 
one baptism with one dipping? It is true that we ari 
born only once into the kingdom, so baptism, rightl; 
administered, is not repeated, but in one baptism i 
multiple action. 

5. Colossians 2:12 

As we are buried only once, we should be immersei 
only once. But, baptism symbolizes death, burial an^ 
resurrection. Baptism also represents the Trinity, a 
well as the old becoming the new. Death, burial an 
resurrection are symbolized by one going down int 
and up out of the water, while Trinity is symbolized b 
three dippings of the head. 


The mode of baptism as taught by the Scripture 
then, is: 


DEATH I by entering into an 

BURIAL [ emerging from thi 

RESURRECTION \ pool of water. 

[ay 5, 1973 

Page Thirteen 


1. Bullinger — A Critical Lexicon and Concordance to 

the English and Greek Testament, Bagster Press 

2. Burnside — Tlie Acts of the Apostles, Cambridge 

3. Campbell, Alexander — Debates on Christian Baptism 

i. Delozier, A. L. — "Baptism — The Original Lan- 
guages," The Brethren Evangelist, Ashland, Ohio, 
The Brethren Publishing Co.; LXVl, 23, June 
10, 1944 

5. Encounter, v. 21, n. 3, 1960 

5. Flora, D. B. — "The Spiritual Significance of Bap- 
tism" The Brethren Evangelist LXII, 34 

7. Girdlestone — Synonyms of the Old Testament, 

i. Hoffman, R. L. — Biblical and Historical Proofs of 
Triune Immersion Ashland Theological Seminary, 

9. Hovey — An American Commentary on the New 

10. The Interpreter's Bible, Abingdon-Cokesbury 

11. Mayes, Charles — "The Advantages of Scriptural 

Baptism in Revealing the Truth About God," 
The Brethren Evangelist, LIX, 38, Nov. 2, 1937 

12. Meyer — Commentary on the New Testament 

13. Nicoll — The Expositor's Greek Testament, Hodder- 


14. Smith — Greek English Concordance of the New 

Testament, Herald Press 

15. Stuchman, H. F. — "Beauty and Purpose of Christian 

Baptism," The Brethren Evangelist, XLIX, 23 

16. Vincent — Word Studies of the New Testament, 


17. Yoder, C. F. — God's Means of Grace, The Brethren 

Publishing House, Elgin, 111., 1908 

18. Yoder, C. F. — "Baptism By Triune Immersion," 

The Brethren Evangelist, XXIV, 32, May 1902 

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This twelve-member team will be working closely 
with KEY '73 Youth Outreach Weeks in several com- 
munities. The team will be responsible for leading four 
four-night youth learning seminars, four all-city or area 
celebration rallies, and production of two multimedia 
musicals: "It's Getting Late" (based on Biblical proph- 
ecy on the end times and the second coming of Jesus 
Christ) and "Come Together" (a musical worship 
experience in love). 






Hay 5, 1973 

Page Fifteen 

Sherry Barnhart 
Gratis (3) 

Sherry Barnhart, a third-year Crusader, is team 
lupervisor and musical director. Sherry will graduate 
rom Ashland College in May with a B.S. in math edu- 
ation. She has previously served on Collegiate Crusader 
cams, and on Summer Crusader teams in 1970 (West- 
■rn Team) and 1972 (Northern Indiana Team). 

Sue Ellen Staffer 
Canton Trinity (2) 

Sue Ellen Stoffer was a vocalist on the 1972 Northern 
Indiana team (BRANCHES) and was co-director of 
the Campus Crusade training sessions. Susie will be a 
junior at A.C. in the fall, majoring in English. She is 
presently secretary of National BYC. 

Jan Glenn 
Milledgeville (1) 

Jan Glenn will be a sophomore at Goshen College, 
Tiajoring in nursing. In her home church she was active 
in BYC, Sisterhood, and VBS. Jan is presently a member 
3f the National BYC Council, representing the Central 
District. She is a first-year Crusader. 

Joan McKinney 
Tucson (1) 

Joan McKinney heralds from Tucson, whiere she will 
graduate from Palo Verde High School in June. Joan 
spent her junior year of high school singing with "Up 
With People" and travelling to the South and East 
Coast of the USA, five European countries, and Mexico. 

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The Brethren Evang-elis 

Susan Michael 
Gratis (1) 

Though she enjoys working with young children, 
Susan Michael has also shown leadership among her 
peers by serving as a Student Council representative 
and member of the Homecoming Court of her high 
school. She will enter Middletown Campus of Miami 
University in the fall, majoring in Elementary Ed/ 
Special Ed. 

Pamela North 
Neiv Lebanon (1) 

Pamela North has shown her musical talent througl 
high school chorus, the New Lebanon Adult choir, ani 
a special youth choir ("J.C. and Co."). Other activitie' 
include Science Club, Girls' Athletic Association, aii' 
counselling at Camp Bethany. She plans to enter colleg ' 
in the fall. 

Bruce Ronk 
Park Street (2) 

Bruce Bonk is chief photographer for the team. 
Bruce was a member of the 1972 ArizonaAVyoming 
Team and will be a junior pre-seminary student at 
A.C. in the fall. He had demonstrated his "shutterbug" 
talent by being appointed head of photography for the 
Ashland College News Bureau. Presently Bruce is pre- 
paring many of the slides that will accompany "It's 
Getting Late." 

Stephen Barber 
Chandon (1) 

Stephen Barber will be a sophomore at A.C. in th 
fall, majoring in math and minoring in chemistry anJ 
business administration. Steve is a tenor /baritone ii 
the A.C. A Cappella Choir, and he has shown ability o 1 
the French Horn. He is presently the Southeast DistrlC' 
representative on the National BYC Council. 

Hay 5, 1973 

Page Seventeen 

Robert Grumbling 
Johnstotvn. Ill (1) 

Robert Grumbling, team technician, is completing 
lis junior year at Johnstown Vocational-Technical High 
School, majoring in electronics. He sings in two choirs 
;.t Vo-Tech, in his church choir, and in a small rock 
;roup. Rob has also been active in his local BYC. 

Kenneth Hunn 
Mishawaka (1) 

Kenneth Hunn is a high school senior, active in his 
high school Concert Choir and Swing Choir. During 
his high school years, Ken has been cast in three 
musicals. He has served as a counsellor at Indiana 
Camp Shipshewanna and has worked closely with 
Summer Crusader teams in his area. He sang in the 
chorus of "Show Me" in 1972. 


Kerry Scott 
Warsaw (1) 

Kerry Scott also was a member of the "Show Me" 
lorus in 1972 and a counsellor at Camp Shipshewana. 
:erry is V.P. of his local BYC and treasurer of the 
forthern Indiana District BYC. A high school senior 
1 the fall, Kerry has been involved in cross-country, 

ack, band, and choir. 

Tracy Wilt, Jr. 
Washington, D.C. (1) 

Tracy Wilt, Jr. will be a sophomore at Prince George's 
Community College in the fall, majoring in music and 
minoring in drama. He has been involved in many vocal 
ensembles, both in his church and in his schools. His 
vocational objectives include evangelistic work and/or 
work as a professional musician. 

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God, I live many days ivithout a direction. I just 
react to whatever comes up. 

Help me to set some goals — not just for more 
profit, more business, or higher efficiency — btit 

By the end of this year what should have 
happened in the lives of the people here? 

How can each person's ivork be made more ful- 
filling (to him and the company) ? 

How can we become better acquainted? 

What can I do to be more concerned about people? 

God, help me to set some goals. 

From Man Talk, p. 15 

In many ways this bit of verse speaks to the Youth ministry of the Brethren 
Church. In more cases than we'd care to admit, our youth programs lack direction 
because the youth goals are poorly understood or are ignored altogether. Those 
of us who are pastors, and youth sponsors all know that we get bogged down in 
administrative processes — papers, figures, meetings and more meetings. We struggle 
through . . . finally arriving at the end of the year and wonder if its all 
been worth it. 

Perhaps we could help ourselves by asking ourselves the questions set forth 
in the poem and striving to answer them in our own lives. 

The National Board of Christian Education is giving direction to the BYC min- 
istry and is striving to assist youth leaders in their important work. The "Success 
With Youth" study materials have been approved for use in BYC groups; the Sum- 
mer Crusader program is in full swing; college youth have been used to conduct 
services in Brethren churches; resources are printed and distributed to youth and 
youth workers on a regular basis; the National BYC Convention is planned and 
administered; the BYC Council serves both as a source of valuable input and as a 
sounding board for proposed ideas; and a new nurturing and recruiting program 
which hopefully will be ready by General Conference. 

We are committed to the thesis that leadership is essential to church growth 
and stability and that the best kind of leadership is developed Inside a dynamic 
Christian fellowship. Our goals are "people-goals." The process of "growing a crop 
of leaders" is slow and painful. It requires the participation of many people within 
the body of Christ . . . but just look around you — it's happening now! 

We urge every member of every church to support BYC in every way possible. 
Not just during "Youth Month" but throughout the year. Pray for them, encourage 
them, yes and when feasible push them a bit. Learn to know them and help them 
get to know the Lord. His program has "people goals." 

Hay 5, 1973 

Page Nineteen 


We received our first Christmas card from our 
oungest son this past Christmas. He is 23 years old 
nd lives about 50 miles from our home. Perhaps you 
re thinking — "What is so unusual about that?" Let 
le explain what is unusual about it. Our youngest 
on has been confined to a wheelchair all his life. He 
/as also born blind and mentally retarded. 

For many years he was in the State School. Several 
lonths ago we received a letter telling us they were 
oing to transfer him to some nursing home. This was 
D make room for the more disturbed, mentally retarded 
hildren. With fear and trembling we took this matter 
3 our Lord. There really seemed to me to be no answer, 
ou know however, our Lord never leaves nor forsakes 
s. The answer came when another pastor's wife made 
le suggestion we check about getting Donnie admitted 
J our Brethren Home in Flora. I could scarcely wait 
j talk to my Lord about this. To make a long story 
hort — on November 1, 1972 we drove our son to his 
ew home . . . the beautiful Brethren Home in Flora, 
ndiana. He was quickly adjusted to the new surround- 
igs and his large sunny room. 

Those wonderful people have been so good to him. 
'he staff members take their own time to come in to 
elp him learn the little extra things. One young lady 
omes in on her day off to make sure he has his prayers 
t bed time each night. She took this as her special 
reject. Another has taken time on her own to work 
'ith him in speech therapy, etc. Someone had patiently 
iken the time to hold his hand and printed "From your 

son Donnie — I love you both." This cherished message 
came on the first valentine we have ever received from 

We have always appreciated our home at Flora — 
now through personal experience we know the beauty 
of a CHRISTIAN NURSING HOME compared to a State 
home. We have praised God many times these past few 
months for our Christian nursing homes and the Chris- 
tian staff. The opportunity it has given us to visit with 
our son as we were never permitted to do before. Just 
sitting in his room visiting with him is something we 
had never experienced in the 19 years he had been in 
the state school. There are other joys too like being 
allowed to check his clothing personally and buying the 
things he needed, providing him with his own radio, 
knowing we can buy his favorite candy, taking him 
cookies, fruit, etc. These are all wonderful new experi- 
ences for us. 

There is no way we can show our full appreciation 
for the Christian atmosphere our son is now living in. 

I assure you I sleep much better at night knowing 
our son is being cared for in such a place as this. I 
would like to thank every Brethren who has in even 
the smallest way helped to make this home possible. 

May we urge each of you to remember both of our 
homes — The Brethren's Home in Flora and Brethren 
Care in Ashland— with your support, your prayers, your 
letters of encouragement, visits, volunteer work, etc. 

Mrs. Duane Dickson 

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(For several months this page has been a report 
of the Lersches' trip to Southeast Asia in 1972. 
But non\ for a segment or two, Phil will relate the 
highlights of a Travel Report just released by 
Dr. Everett Graff am, Executive Vice-President of 
the World Relief Commission, following his ex- 
tensive travels to WRC locations this Spring. The 
Lersch "travelogue" will then resume in future 


Dr. Graffam's time in Japan was very brief, but he 
was able to meet with executives representing several 
mission agencies and learn that they had formed an 
emergency relief committee. He writes: "This is de- 
signed to function anywhere in Japan in the event of 
a disaster, crisis, or unusual need. Thi'ough official 
action, they have requested WRC to use their committee 
as a channel of whatever help we as the overseas relief 
arm of NAE (National Association of Evangelicals) 
can give. 

"They will serve as our counterpart agency and will 
join WRC in getting funds, materials, clothing, food, 
etc. in the unaffected parts of Japan which will be aided 
by whatever we can do. This is the ideal arrangement 
as it is designed as a partnership in bringing physical 
and spiritual comfort to all who can be reached. We 
have discussed the dimensions of mutual assistance 
with various Christian leaders in several strategic areas 
of the world over a period of five years, and we are 
very happy to accept their vote of confidence." 

This is the kind of contacting and planning that en- 
ables WRC to be of help Immediately and economically 
when disasters sti'ikel It's good to know that the use 
of our money is planned so wisely. 


Dr. Graffam's few days in Korea gave opportunity to 
review the final details of the phase out of WRC's 
major involvement there, although they will continue 
a minor role of assisting a few key projects. One of 
these is the Yu Eul Hee Children's Home in Yusung. 
This is the orphanage that John and I visited, where 
the kids had made welcome signs with our names on 
them to display when we arrived. Dr. Graffam met 
with Mrs. Hee to make an initial gift to aid her in build- 
ing a 50-bed dormitory so she could care for that many 
more children who had been moved out of another home 
which closed. He writes: "At 67-years-young, she is 

Itnown as Mother to hundreds of children for whom sh 
has cared over the years since the Korean War. Th 
rough estimate for the building is $5,000. We feel thi 
will be one of many places in the world that will t 
richer because God's servants had linked hearts an 
hands in a practical way of expressing God's love." 

Plans were also completed for the Korean Moo GoonJ 
Hwa Choir to come to the United States in May for 
35-day tour, under the auspices of WRC. This is th 
same group of ten girls that John and I heard in an 
around Seoul last year. You may recall their pictui 
in the Brethren Evangelist and some details about thai 
travels in the bus with our tour group. "The trip 
planned to help raise funds for the Hoa Khanh Chi 
dren's Hospital run by WRC in South Vietnam and th 
Under- Age-Five nutrition clinics in Bangladesh present! 
caring for 6,000 children." If time permits, I want • 
print a copy of their itinerary in the hope that some c 
you readers might be close enough to hear them. ' 

Because the Girls' Choir (from Korea) is touring th' 
States to help raise funds for the Hoa Khanh Children 
Hospital ( in South Vietnam ) , Dr. Graffam had a raXht 
unusual opportunity during his visit in Seoul. He d 
scribes it: "I learned the Girls' Choir had been use 
by the Public Relations Association of Korea on i 
radio as well as military bases. It was necessary i 
cancel one of their appearances due to their trip fi 
us. Because of this, I was asked by Admiral Sohn, Pre5 
dent of PRAK (former Ambassador to West Berlin ar 
Defense Minister for Korea), to join him and his sta 
for lunch. During that meeting, I was able to outlir 
for him our plans for the choir as ambassadors of goc , 
will as well as third country statesmen. They were vei 
impressed with our program permitting Korea to he; 
through the choir. They made me an honorary memb( 
of the Korean Association. There are only five othi 
people who have been thus honored. We had a delightfi 
meal, and I was asked by the Admiral to convey to tt 
people and officials of Vietnam that Korea wanted ' 
continue its interest and help to the country of Sout^ 
Vietnam in every way it can." Once again. Dr. Gi'affa) 
was able to witness for Jesus Christ in "high place; 
through World Relief. 

(Next — More from Dr. Graffam about Vietnam.) 
St. Petersburg, Florida 

ay 5, 1973 


Norman Vincent Peale tells about Madalyn Murray 
'Hair, who is billed as the world's greatest infidel 
id atheist. She spoke at a college in Ohio. About 350 
udents and faculty gathered to hear her views on 
digion. In her speech she proceeds to take religion 
jart. Dr. Peale said, "She lambasted the clergy and all 
lurch officers. She harassed all believing students 
id professors, and she harangued the foolish thinkers 
ho believed what they read. She made a laughing 
ock of those who trusted in prayer and mocked the 
tizens of America as stupid to believe in anything 

As the meeting was about to break up, from the 
ck of the auditorium there came a tiny voice of a 
tie college girl. She spoke quietly, and her voice was 
lied with compassion. 

"Mrs. O'Hair, I am so happy you came to speak to 
1 of us here at our college tonight. We have listened 
ith attention to your tirade on our beliefs. We thank 
)U for showing all of us what an atheist is. We express 
atitude for your challenge to our faith. We appreciate 
)ur concern for us, but now in turn we must be ever 
■ateful for your visit because now and forever we have 
fen strengthened in our Christian beliefs by listening 
I you tonight. We really feel sorry for you. I thank 
j)U because I know you have strengthened my faith in 
p church, in our religion, and in our faith." 
I The speaker of the evening was flabbergasted. It 
^ems it was the first time she couldn't say anything, 
ne applause for the young girl's response was deafen- 
g. — Via Christ For The Nations. 


Glendale, Calif. (EP) — Scenes of the tragic need in 
anagua, Nicaragua, are revealed in a new missionary 
icumentary film produced and narrated by LaiTy 
ard, president of Food for the Hungry headquartering 

Titled "Managua: Beauty for Ashes," this second in 
series of mini-films produced by Dr. Ward in the 
grid's trouble spots was made available approximately 
'0 weeks after the Dec. 23rd quake which destroyed 
ore than 70 per cent of the Nicaraguan capital where 
me 400,000 people lived. 

"The immediate and ongomg need now is to feed the 
4,000 homeless Managuans scattered in outlying 
irrios," Dr. Ward told EP News Service. 
Food for the Hungry provided 70 tons of canned 
iods valued at $200,000, which was on its way by Jan. 
The organization also sent Hal Stack to Managua as 
; Disaster Relief Coordinator He has been particularly 
signed to assist the Coniite Evangelico Pro-Damnifi- 
dos del Terremato (EvangeUcal Committee for Earth- 
lake Victims), an organization coordinating the work 
17 evangelical groups. Gustavo Parajon, M.D., is 

The Glendale-based organization maintains its com- 
unication via ham patch. 

Page Twenty-one 

In addition to this first shipment, oither dispatches 
will follow and Food for the Hungry wUl study the 
necessity for long-range self-help food development pro- 
grams in a country which already had faced severe 
drought complications even before its earthquake. Ward 
warned that people unfamiliar with relief logistics often 
fail to appraise the long-range need for disaster 
assistance. "They see stacks of relief goods and faU 
to appreciate wliat is involved in moving these," Ward 
stated, "or just the gargantuan nature of the task of 
feeding a half million people as in Nicaragua. 

In the usual pattern, according to Ward, a crisis 
period comes a month or so after the first emotional 
responise is over and the food supply from the rest of 
the world begins to dwindle. 

Check List of Relief Aid 

The Salvation Army dispatched 100 cartons of shoes, 
clothing and other relief supplies from Panama and 
collected funds for later use. 

President W. Stanley Mooneyham of World Vision, 
International personally took a check for $25,000 to 
Managua on an inspection trip. 

The Medical Assistance Programs rushed $400,000 
worth of vaccines — flu, polio, diphtheria, tetanus toxoid, 
and smallpox — ^and established the Disaster ReUef Fund. 

Roy McKeown of World Opportunities flew to 
Managua and contributed 1,000 in a pooling of emer- 
gency funds for the evangelical committee then helped 
arrange further shipments from Los Angeles. 

The Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board made 
available an initial $5,000 for rehef efforts among 
Nicaraguan Baptists. AU six Baptist churches in Mana- 
gua were destroyed; buildings of the Baptist Seminary 
were seriously damaged. 

World Relief Commission of the National Association 
of EvangeUcals sent $7,000 and set a go^al to raise 
$50,000 for earthquake victims. 

American Baptists, with a long history of missions 
there, supplied $5,000 in reserve funds. Their represent- 
ative, Dr. Gustavo Parajon, said 80 per cent of the 
Baptist hospital was destroyed by the quake. 

CathoUc Relief Services had stockpiled 518,000 pounds 
of food ear-marked for Guatemala then diverted to 

Church World Service, arm of the NCC, sent an 
initial shipment of supplies worth $500,000. Other 
private relief agencies were at work. 


"I am not so much of a farmer as some people claim," 
mused WiUiam Jennings Biyan, with a twinkle, "but I 
have observed the watermelon seed. It has power of 
drawing from the gi'ound through itself 200,000 times 
its weight. When you can teU me how it takes this 
material and from it colors an outside surface, and tlien 
forms inside of it a white rind and within that again 
a red heart, thickly inlaid with black seeds, each one 
of which is capable of drawing through itself 200,000 
times its weight. When you can explain to me the 
mystery of a watermelon, you can ask me to explain the 
mystery of God." 

from Gratis Lamplighter 


Pag-e Twenty-two 

The Brethren Evans:elii 


Rev. Brian Moore is the pastor of the Ardmore 
Brethren Church in South Bend Indiana. 

He has served as past moderator of the Mid- 
west District of the Brethren Churches, is 
presently serving as a member of the National 
Board of Christian Education and as a member 
of the Camp Commission of this Board. 

Rev. Moore is a graduate of the Eastern 
Mennonite College where he received his B.A. 
degree. He received his Seminary training at the 
Ashland Theological Seminary. Upon g7nduation 
from the Seminary and receiving a B.D. degree, 
he served as pastor of the Glenford, Ohio; Pitts- 
burgh, Pennsylvania; and recently at the Derby, 
Kansas Brethren churches. 

Over a hundred years ago an Englishman wrote a 
parable which accurately describes the condition of 
many Christians then and today: 

"I arrived in that city early one morning. It was 
cold and there were flurries of snow on the ground. 
As I stepped from the train to the platform I 
noticed that the baggageman and the redcap were 
warmly attired in heavy coats and gloves, but oddly 
enough, they wore no shoes. Repressing my impulse 
to ask the reason for this odd practice, I went into 
the station and inquired the way to the hotel. My 
curiosity, however, was increased by the discovery 
that no one in the station wore any shoes. Board- 
ing the streetcar, I saw that my fellow travelers 
were likewise barefoot; and upon arriving at the 
hotel I found that the bellhop, the clerk, and the 
residents were all devoid of shoes. Unable to re- 
strain myself longer, I asked the manager what 
the practice meant. 
"What practice?" said he. 

"Why," said I, pointing to his barefeet, "why don't 
you wear shoes in this town?" 
"Ah," said he, "that is just it. Why don't we?" 
"But what is the matter? Don't you believe in 

"Believe in shoes, my friend! I should say we do. 
That is the first article of our creed, shoes. They 
are indispensable to the well-being of humanity. 
Such frostbite, cuts, sores, and suffering as shoes 
prevent! It is wonderful!" 

"Well, then, why don't you wear them?" I asked, 

"Ah," he said thoughtfully "that is just it. Why 
don't we?" Though considerably nonplussed I 
checked in, secured my room, and went directly to 
the coffee shop. There I deliberately sat down by 
an amiable-looking but barefoot gentleman. Friend- 
ly enough, he suggested, after we had eaten, that 
we look about the city. 

The first thing we noticed upon emerging from the 
hotel was a huge brick structure of impressive 
proportions. He pointed to this with pride. 
"You see that?" said he. "That is one of our out- 
standing shoe manufacturing establishments!" 
"A what?" I asked in amazement. "You mean you 
make shoes there?" 

by Brian Moore 

"Well, not exactly," said he, a bit abashed. "We tal 
about making shoes there, and, believe me, we hav 
one of the most brilliant young fellows you hav 
ever heard. He talks most thrillingly and convinc 
ingly every week on this great subject of shoe: 
Just yesterday he moved the people profoundl 
with his exposition of the necessity of shoe-wearinj 
Many broke down and wept. It was really woi 

"But why don't they wear them?" said I insistentl; 
"Ah, that is just it. Why don't we?" 
Just then, as we turned down a side street, I sa' 
through a cellar window a cobbler actually makin 
a pair of shoes. Excusing myself from my friem 
I burst into the little shop and asked the shO' 
maker how it happened that his shop was not ove 
run with customers. "Nobody wants my shoesi: 
he said. "They just talk about them." 
"Give me what pairs you have already," I sail 
eagerly, and paid him thrice the amount he mor 
estly asked. Hurriedly I returned to my friend an I 
offered them to him, saying, "Here, my friend, or 
of these pairs will surely fit you. Take them, pr 
them on. They will save untold suffering." 
"Ah, thank you," he said, with embarrassment, "bi 
you don't understand. It just isn't being done. Th 
front families, well, that is just it. Why don't we' 
And coming out of the city of Everywhere, ov<' 
and over that question rang in my ears: "Why don 
we? Why don't we?" 
(Witness Is Withness, David Augsburger, pp. 7-10) 

This parable points out the strange case of the bar 
foot Christians. It is your story, it is my story. It is tl 
story of men who know that the Bible says, "have yoi 
feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace 
yet we go barefoot. And all because it just isn't don' 
we just talk about it. We talk about faith, we talk abov 
witnessing for the Lord, we talk about sharing tl 
Good News with others, yet we don't really do it. 


lay 5, 1973 

Page Twenty-three 

But this parable may not give the whole story. Many 
!:;hristians do wear shoes of some kind. We know all 

00 well the pain that comes from not wearing shoes 
it all; so, instead of going barefoot, we have made 
lybrid kinds of shoes to get us through. Our faith is 
)ur shoes — shoes for walking, for wearing, for work- 
ng, for sharing. The question for us to consider is, 
'what kind of shoes am I wearing?" 

Are they Sunday shoes? There are all too many 
Christians who have only Sunday shoes. Their faith 
s a one-day-a-week affair; their shoes are all shiny 
md bright! They are all spiffed up for that one day 
vhen they are gotten out and worn, but they sit in the 
■loset all the other days of the week. And these Chris- 
ians see no good reason for wearing these shoes any 
ither day except Sunday. After all, isn't Sunday church 
ivhat it's all about? Why not have just Sunday shoes? 
"aith is for the sanctuary, the walledup place with its 
jtained glass windows. To this person's way of thinking, 
he shoes one wears all week long have nothing to do 
vith the shoes one wears on Sunday. His Sunday shoes 
lave a special place reserved for them and he knows 
hey will be there when next Sunday rolls around. 

1 Sneakers? Some people's shoes of faith might well be 
ailed sneakers; because that's the way they feel about 
heir own personal faith. They are ashamed about it; 
jiey apologize for it; they are always on the defense. 

nd so they sneak around when the issue of standing 
p for Christ comes up. This must be the kind of shoe 
at many of the people who sneak in and out of church 
,n Sundays must wear. You've seen them! They often 
(rrive late and they just disappear when the service is 
iver! They sneak off! And one wonders if these same 
'eople don't make it a practice of sneaking off when 
!ie opportunity to .speak about the faith arises. They 
re not exactly barefoot; they wear sneakers. 

Combat boots? Combat boots are another kind of 
hoe that a Christian often wears. To this person wit- 
essing means to get into hot argument with unbeliev- 
rs about religious subjects. To this type of person, 
lere is nothing like a good old set-to to let everyone 
mow what he believes. You know people like that. To 
lem the church and spiritual things are just some- 
ling to fight about. They are always able to pick an 
rgument with almost anyone; and in this constant 
elligerent approach, they have gotten the notion that 
ley are among the few valiant warriors of the faith 
'ft on this earth today. A warrior he is! A contender 
)r the faith? I doubt it! He doesn't go barefoot; he 
'ears combat boots! 

Loafers? There is another kind of Christian — he 
/ears loafers. This person is all very casual about this 
'hole matter of being a Christian and especially of 
taring the faith. There's no need to get all excited 
bout this thing of church and Christianity and Chris- 
(ans and witnessing — no point in being a fanatic about 
|! But if you would check up on this person, you would 
(iscover that he is a loafer in about every other area 
If his life too. Another word for the loafer might be 
jizy. After all, nothing matters that much, does it? If 
gets done it gets done; if it doesn't, so what! And 

an know, the church has a good many of these people 
, 1 its ranks. Barefoot? No, just loafers! 

Hush-puppies? A fifth kind of faith-shoes might be 
called hush puppies. Now, hush-puppies are famous for 
their comfort; they feel good on your feet. And that 
is the kind of faith many modem Christians desire and 
have — the comfortable religion, the kind that makes no 
great demands on anyone, the kind that soothes and 
makes one feel good about life. Now, don't get me 
wrong — the true faith does make one feel good about 
life; but the true faith is not exclusively the soft-shoe 
approach. Those who wear the hush-puppy shoes of 
faith are out for a cozy, just-for-my-private-enjoyment 
type of religion. They avoid anything in the faith that 
cramps their style or pinches them or tramps on their 
toes. And certainly when it comes to sharing one's 
faith with another, this kind of person is very hush- 
hush. They have discovered a way to avoid the pain of 
going barefoot and also avoid the price of living out 
the true faith. 

Work shoes? There is another element in the con- 
stituency of the church today whose faith might be 
compared to work shoes. It's not that these are the 
busiest, hardest working people in the church; no, these 
are the ones who believe that it is one's works that get 
him to heaven. If you do good, try to live right, never 
hurt anyone, be kind to all, God will not turn you away 
from His heaven. Really, there is not much difference 
between these people's outlook and the creed of the 
Boy Scouts! There are many secular organizations 
which have a very high moral and behavioral standard. 
But there still seem to be those in the churches who 
make salvation dependent on how good a life one leads. 
There is nothing wrong with good works; in fact, the 
letter of James insists that good works are the evidence 
of a good faith. But to make one's faith simply a pair 
of work shoes is to take away from the perfect, all- 
complete and all-sufficient work of Jesus Christ on the 
cross. He did the work that saves us; now we do works 
which reveal that He saved us. 

Everyday shoes? Finally, we come to those shoes 
which characterize the man who has his feet shod with 
the preparation of the Gospel of peace. These shoes are 
simply everyday shoes, his walking shoes, the shoes he 
spends most of his life in. They are not just Sunday 
shoes, they are everyday shoes. They are not work 
shoes; yet he wears them to work. They are not sneak- 
ers, combat boots, loafers or hush-puppies. These shoes 
are everyday shoes, a very real part of the man in his 
everyday walk of life. These shoes characterize the 
man who walks with Jesus Christ in truly fine daily 
relationship. He is not ashamed of Christ. He is not 
ashamed of witnessing for Him. He is ready at all 
times to share his faith with others. Jesus Christ is 
an integral part of his life; he lives for Him in the 
fullest sense. 

Brethren, let's quit just talking about shoes. Let's 
stop just admiring shoes. Let's not be content with a 
weekly e.xhortation of the virtues of shoe wearing. And 
let us clean the closet of all our substitute shoes that 
we have invented to replace the everyday, walking 
shoes. Let us not be going around barefoot either, put 
on our shoes of the readiness of the Gospel of peace. 
"I got shoes — you got shoes — all of God's children got 
shoes." But don't wait till you get to heaven to put 
them on! 

Page Twenty-four 

The Brethren Evangelist 


Funeral services for Mr. Ralph 
Shook were held February 25 at the 
First Brethren Church in North 
Manchester with Rev. Woodrow 
Immel officiating. Surviving is one 
daughter and several grandchildren. 
Interment was in the Fair View 
Cemetery, North Manchester. 

Masontown, Pa. — Plans are being 
made to broadcast our local cam- 
paign for our Lord in this vicinity. 
This will be the Revival services 
scheduled to be held May 20th to 
27th. Thomas Kidder, pastor of 
the Brush Valley Brethren Church 
will be the evangelist for these 

Masontown, Pennsylvania — 

10 by baptism. 
Hagerstown, Maryland — 

4 by baptism 
Massillon, Ohio — 2 


Mr. & Mrs. Orr Myers celebrated 
their 60th Wedding Anniversary 
April 8, 1973. They are both mem- 
bers of the First Brethren Church 

of North Manchester, Indiana. 

* * * 

Mr. & Mrs. Garber Wright cele- 
brated their 59th Wedding Anniver- 
sary on Palm Sunday, April 15th. 
They are also members of the 
North Manchester, Indiana Brethren 


* * * 

Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Hanna cele- 
brated their 60th wedding anniver- 
sary on March 19th. They are 
charter members of the Kokomo 

Brethren Church. 

* * * 

Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Jones cele- 
brated their 50th wedding anniver- 
sary on February 24th. The Jones 
are Charter members of the Kokomo 

Brethren Church. 

* « « 

Mr. & Mrs. A. W. Derr, of Rt. 1, 
Cerro Gordo, Illinois celebrated 
their 52nd wedding anniversary 
January 31, 1973. They are members 
of the Cerro Gordo Brethren Church. 



Mrs. Fannie Hood, 88, went to be 
with her Lord on April 7, 1973 after a 
very short stay at St. Joseph's Hos- 
pital in Kokomo. Mrs. Hood who has 
lived in Carroll County, Indiana all 
her life had spent her last few 
months in The Brethren's Home in 
Flora while her surviving husband, 
Rufus, lives at Milner Convalescent 
Center in RossviUe. Also surviving 
are her two sons, Fred and Frank 
Hood, a daughter, Mrs. Marie Zim- 
merman, seven grandchildren and 
six great-grandchildren all of Flora. 
Memorial services were held at the 
Brethren's Home and funeral service 
took place at Leiter-Reinke Funeral 
Home with the Rev. Samuel Keller 
officiating. Burial was at the Maple 
Lawn Cemetery in Flora. She was a 
member of The Bachelor Run 
Church of the Brethren. 


Mrs. Jesse Harrison a long time 
member of the First Brethren 
Church, North Manchester, passed 
away February 22, 1973, after a long 
illness. Memorial services were con- 
ducted by her pastor Rev. Wood- 
row Immel. Interment was at 


A funeral service was held Feb- 
ruary 18 from St. John's Church of 
Christ at Harrisville, Va., for Blaine 
Wisman of Strasburg, Va., who died 
in Shenandoah County Memorial 
Hospital. The Reverend Gerald 
Martin officiated at the service 
and interment was in Harrisville 

A member of Maurertown Breth- 
ren Church, Mr. Wisman was a re- 
tired insurance agent and real estate 
broker. He had taught in Shenan- 
doah County Public Schools and at 
Massanutten Military Academy. He 
was a farmer. A graduate of Ash- 
land College. Mr. Wisman died four 
days before his 80th birthday. 
* * * 


Mrs. Sadie Funkhauser, 85, of Rt. 
1, Toms Brook, Va., died March 1st 
at her home. A funeral service was 
conducted from the Maurertown 
Brethren Church of which she was 
a member. Interment was in River- 
view Cemetery at Strasburg, Va. 
The Reverend Thomas D. Jones 
officiated at the service. 


Mrs. Olive York Glascock, 90, a 
resident of The Brethren's Home, 
returned to her Maker on April 8, 
1973. Mrs. Glascock was born in 
Roanoke, Virginia and later resided 
in Peru, Indiana until 1971 when she 
came to the Home. Memorial ser- 
vices were held on April 11 at The 
Brethren's Home and church ser- 
vices were held in the Peru First 
Brethren Church with The Rev. 
Kenneth Howard officiating. Burial 
was in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Peru. 
She is survived by her brother, 
Charles Greer of Twelve Mile, Indi 
ana. She was also the aunt of Rev. 
Delbert Flora of Ashland, Ohio. Mrs. 
Glascock was a member of the Peru 
First Brethren Church. 

lay 5, 1973 Pag^e Twenty-five 

IE KIND TO PARENTS Especially For Youth 

(Many articles have been written on how to handle teen-agers. Here, as a change of 
pace, are some suggestions to teen-agers on how to get along with their parents.) 

— Don't be afraid to speak your parents' language. Try using some str2mge- 
sounding phrases such as, "I will wash the dishes," "Of course I don't want the 
tar if you need it," and "Yes." 

— ^Try to understand their music. Play Glenn Miller's "MoonUght Serenade" on 
the stereo till you become accustomed to the sound. 

— Be patient with your parents who are underachievers. When you catch your 
mother sneaking salted nuts, don't show your disapproval. Tell her you like fat 

— ^Encourage your parents to talk about their problems. Try to keep in mind 
that, to them, things like earning a living and paying off the mortgage seem 

— Be tolerant of their appearance. When your Dad gets a haircut, don't feel 
humiliated. Remember it's important to him to look like his peers. 

— And most vital of all, if they do something you consider wrong, let them 
know it's their behaviour you dislike, not themselves. Remember that parents need 
to feel that they are loved. 

from Wayne Heights Highlights 


For the: 

ARTIST He is the altogether lovely (Song of Solomon 5:16) 

ARC3HITECT He is the chief cornerstone (I Peter 2:6) 

ASTRONOMER He is the sun of righteousness (Malaohl 4:2) 

BAKER He is the living bread (John 6:51) 

BANKER He is the unsesirchable riches (Ephesians 3:8) 

BUILDER He is the sure foundation (Isaiah 28:16; I Corinthians 3:11) 

CARPENTER He is the door (John 10:9) 

EDITOR He is good tidings oif great joy (Luke 2:10) 

ELECTRICIAN He is the Ught of the world (John 8:12) 

FARMER He is the sower and the Lord of the harvest (Matthew 13:37; 

Luke 10:2) 
FLORIST He is the rose of Sharon and the lily of the valley 

(Song of Solomon 2:1) 
JEWELER He is the living precious stone (I Peter 2:4) 

LAWYER He is the oounsekw, lawgiver and advocate (Isaiah 9:6; I John 2:1) 
LABORER He is the giver of rest (Matthew 11:28) 
FOR ALL BELIEVERS He is the source of true peace. 

The Pastor's Helper 
Hagerstown, Maryland 

Pag:e Twenty-six 

The Brethren Evangelis 



Fairless Hills, Pa. — North Manchester, Indiana 

As a member of the Missionary Board of the Brethren 
Church it was my personal privilege to be the evangelist 
for our Fairless Hills-Levittown Mission Church March 
18-23. The theme for the six days of meetings was 
"Christ Will Make You Free." Our text was John 8:36, 
"If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall 
be free indeed." 

Our spiritual results were 12 first time confessions; 
23 rededications ; 20 renewal of marriage vows and love 
for Christ; and 20 coming to the altar to be soul win- 
ners. The average attendance was 96 with a high of 
109. The pastor. Rev. James Donahoo, presented a 
special personal approach to his people with the "Dis- 
ciples of Philip" program. The pastor and his people 
are to be commended for their evangelistic thrust in 
the community. 

Special services and nights included a ladies night; 
a men's night; and a youth night with a question and 
answer period after the evening service with 53 young 
people attending. 

During the meeting the evangelist organized and 
directed a house to house campaign for soul winning 
and promotion of the Brethren work in the community. 
He also yas the guest speaker for the Christian Busi- 
ness Men's Committee of Lower Bucks County, Pa. 

Under the dynamic leadership and faithful Holy 
Spirit ministry of their pastor, Rev. James Donahoo, 
the people of Levittown, Pa. will be assuming complete 
financial obligations and wall not need the support of 
the Missionary Board in the coming year. For this we 
congratulate the pastor and faithful members of the 
Levittown Church. 

Ten years ago it was my privilege to be the evan- 
gelist at the North Manchester, Indiana Brethren 
Church with Rev. Woodrow (Bud) Immel as the pastor. 
During that meeting we had an average attendance of 
167 with three first time converts and ten rededications. 
Our largest attendance was 265. 


This year, ten years later, I was graciously invlt 
to return to North Manchester which under the lead< 
ship of Rev. Immel is one of the fastest growii 
churches Ln Indiana. We held an eight day "Callii 
You to Christ" Abundant Life Campaign, and the i 
suits were thrilling under the direction of the He' 
Spirit. ' 

We had an all time high of 420 at one service with ;' 
average attendance of 309. Over 300 decisions we' 
recorded at the altar including 28 first time conversioi' 
rededications, husband and wives renewing their voi 
and love for each other and Christ, and those w 
wanted a Revival to begin in their heart coming f 
ward the first day of the meeting. 

ay 5, 1973 

Page Twenty-seven 

This revival was the most publicized that I have ever 
?ld in my evangelistic ministry. Newspapers had ad- 
'rtising of over a quzirter of a page, and the Man- 
lester College paper had a half page ad. Over 2,000 
irds were placed on doorknobs or given to people at 
e front door of their homes. 

PRAYER for the meeting was a part of their every 
ly life, and a special "PRAYER POWER ROOM" 
as provided where a half hour before each meeting 
; many as fifty people met to pray for the Holy Spirit 

have His way in our services. Centers of worship 
ider the direction of Dr. Lloyd Smith depicted various 
'titudes of worship each evening. 

The evangelist was guest speaker at the Manchester 
allege prayer breakfast, and also guest speaker in 
e class room of Dr. T. Wayne Reiman, Professor and 
lairman of the Religion Department. He also shared 
ith a group of over fifty teenagers almost two hours 

discussion and questions about the problems of our 
luth today. After the Tuesday evening service the 
angelist taught a "soul winning" class with almost 
ixty in attendance. 

On the way to North Manchester the evangelist was 
eeted at the Fort Wayne Airport by the traveling 
nternational Amigo," John Rowsey, Associate Sec- 
tary of the Missionary Board of the Brethren Church, 
id Pastor Mike Hurd. On the way to North Man- 
ester, Brother-in-law John Rowsey let the evangelist 
op by the side of the road and make snowballs because 
•is was the first snow he had seen in thirteen years. 

was a delightful experience and, I am sure, a sur- 
ising shock for the passing motorists. That Saturday 
ening the evangelist and Rev. Woodrow Immel, 
■esident of the Missionary Board of the Brethren 

Church, attended the missionary conference being held 
in the Huntington, Indiana Brethren Church in con- 
junction with the Roanoke, Indiana Brethren. 

Guests who attended the North Manchester Revival 
were from as far as Ashland, Ohio: Vijay Kumar, 
A.T.S. student from India; Richard Boyd, A.T.S. student 
and his wife; and Miss Joan Hamel, a junior at Ashland 
College. Mrs. Floyd Kilpatrick and the Pierce family 
attended from Battle Creek, Michigan ; and over seventy 
people with their pastor Rev. Mike Dodds from Bryan, 
Ohio. Other guests were Rev. and Mrs. Jim Sluss, 
Nappanee and the "Happy" Hosslers; Rev. Ken Howard, 
Peru; Rev. David Manning, Udell Iowa; Rev. Mike 
Hurd, Roanoke; Rev. and Mrs. Fred Snyder from 
Wabash; Rev. Jerry Radcliff, Milford, Ind.; Rev. 
Kenneth Solomon, Argentina and now Colombia 
Missionary; and a missionary to China for over twenty 
years, the father of Dr. Lloyd Smith, the Rev. Harlan 
Smith; and Church of the Brethren Rev. Walter Stine- 
baugh and Dr. Harper Will; Rev. Daniel Null, pastor 
at the United Missionary Church; and Peabody Home 
Chaplain, Rev. Charles Henderson. 

I will always be indebted to Rev. James Donahoo and 
Rev. Woodrow Immel, par-excellent pastors, and their 
people, for the thrilling experience of preaching the 
gospel of Jesus Christ in their churches. During the 
meetings the evangelist pi-esented magic object lessons 
for the children, and accompanied the congregational 
singing on a trumpet provided by the churches. These 
are great days for revival and every Brethren church 
is urged to make these days of aggressive evangelism 
for Christ. People today are willing to listen! Thank 
God for Revival! 

— J. D. Hamel, Sarasota, Florida 


special dedication service took place on Sunday 
iorning, March 25th, when a beautiful set of Maas 
ijctronic chimes were presented to the church. We 
' eply appreciate the generosity of those making this 
ft possible. A special plaque is on the organ, calling 
tention to this presentation, with the following word- 
? on it: 

in memory of 
(Emma Myers Houtz and Elizabeth Myers Bechtel 
by daughter, Sylvia by daughter, Arlene 

Page Twenty-eig:ht 

The Brethren Evangelii 

World Religious News 

in Review 


IS SET AT 14,236,420 

New York (EP) — There are 
14,236,420 Jews in the world today, 
according to the 1972 edition of the 
American Jewish Year Book. 

The volume, which is published 
jointly by the American Jewish Com- 
mittee and the Jewish Publication 
Society of America, states that the 
United States has a higher Jewish 
population than any other country — 
approximately 6,060,000 in all. 

Volume 73 of the annual series 
also shows Israel to be third in the 
world Jewish population fgures, 
with a total of 2,632,00. Second is 
the Soviet Union, with a total of 


Putnam City, Okla. (EP) — Prisoners 
of war "reduced things to basics so 
quickly we couldn't understand how 
we'd lived so long in the land of the 
free and the home of the brave and 
spoken so seldom about patriotism 
and God." 

Thus Col. Robinson Risner sum- 
med up his 7V2 years as a POW in 
North Vietnam at Putnam City High 
School where two of his boys attend. 

Following the prolonged applause 
and cheers of 2,800 students, the 
uniformed airman added: "We were 
not ashamed of His presence and 
strength, not ashamed about our 
flag, our country, our president." 

He said when prisoners first re- 
turned he knew immediately it was 
still America the Beautiful. 

The 48-year-old pilot, formerly a 
member of Bethel Assembly of God 
church in Oklahoma City, got a 
laugh when he said at the end of 
his speech, "It's good to have the 
shoe on the other foot. For now, I've 
got a captive audience." 


Washington, D.C. (EP) — The 
moral content of American television 
is at about the level British tele- 
vision displayed in 1963, according 
to Mrs. Mary Whitehouse of Birm- 
ingham, England, known as the 
"conscience" of Great Britain's TV 

She made the remark in passing 
at a press conference here, and in 
an interview later was asked by 
Religious News Service to elaborate. 
In general, she said, she meant that 
"coarseness" of language used and 
the treatment of sex in television 
productions in this country is nine 
or 10 years behind that in Britain. 

In the early 1960's, Mrs. White- 
house said. Sir Hugh Carleton 
Greene, then director-general of the 
British Boardcasting Corporation 
(BBC), announced that his philoso- 
phy was "to push back the bounds 
of acceptability." 

"This was done by a process of 
introducing certain words and cer- 
tain types of programs late at night. 
There would be an uproar about 
them, but no notice would be taken 
of it. They would be done again and 
there would be less uproar; done 
again, no uproar; then accepted," 
she said. 

Mrs. Whitehouse, former art de- 
partment chairman at a large co- 
educational school in England and 
founder of National Viewers and 
Listeners Association there, said her 
concern and that of others was that 
BBC television programs were giv- 
ing a "very one-sided" presentation 
of the "human condition," empha- 
sizing negative aspects to the ex- 
clusion of the positive aspects of 


Covina, Calif. (EP) — Financii 
problems have forced the closing c 
the Berkeley campus of America 
Baptist Seminary of the West, i1 
president announced here. 

According to Dr. C. Adrian Hei 
ton, who has headed the Berkelc 
school since November 1967, th 
seminary had failed in its effort 
to sell either the Berkeley campu 
or the Covina campus for thre 
years. As a result, he said, "we ai 
in a serious financial crunch." 

The seminary president reporte 
that he had recommended to it 
board of trustees that the institutio 
consolidate in Southern Californi. 
where most of its church support i 
derived. "About one-half of th 
American Baptists west of Denve 
are in Southern California (in abou 
275 churches,)" he said. 


VaUey Forge, Pa. (EP)— The Mo 
Goong Hwa Korean Orphan Girl 
Chorale will tour the U.S. in Ma 
to help the World Relief Commissio 
raise funds for children at the He 
Khang Children's Hospital in Vie 
nam and the nutritional clinics i 
Bangladesh for children under fiv 

The 10-girl group will preset 
sacred and secular music on a 3 
day, 15-state tour, directed by C 
Ung Talk. 

Names in the News 

Ruth Graham has urged Chri 
tians to pray earnestly now for tl 
Holy Spirit to move upon the 19' 
International Congress on Wor 
Evangelism convening in La 
sanne, Switzerland, July 16-25. Mi 
Graham, National Prayer Chairm; 
of the Congress, believes the wor 
can be reached with the Ck)spel 
Jesus Christ in 27 years if Christiai 
will properly respond to the chi 
lenge of evangelism. 


Dale Evans Rogers will beg! 

filming in May her owoi TV ta 
show, produced by the Southe 
Baptist Radio and Television Coi 
mission. Titled, "The Dale Eva 
Show," the telecast will deal wi 
serious subjects which can sta' 
in-depth probing. 

jy 5, 1973 Page Twenty-nine 



Managing Editor, Youth and Adult 
Gospel Light Publications 
Glendale, California 

EDUCATION" is the theme of the Pastors' Conference. What better inspirational 
environment to prepare for the task before us than the serenity and beauty of nature 
in the hills surrounding Camp Bethany? 

The resource speaker this year will be Don Pugh who is the Junior High Editor 
with Gospel Light Publications. 

The Rev. Pugh is the developer of a new line of youth materials to supplement 
Gospel Light's expanding total Bible Teaching curriculum. 

Rev. Pugh's background and experience in Christian education makes him 
well qualified as Editor for Youth and Adult Curriculum. While serving as Minister 
of Youth and later as Minister of Education at the College Avenue Baptist Church 
in San Diego, California, for ten years, he developed a comprehensive program of 
youth activities which included missions outreach into various parts of the United 
States and Mexico. 

Aware of the understanding and communication gap between most parents 
and their teens, he began developing in San Diego a program of parent-education 
opportunities to help parents understand teenagers and deal with the problem of 
the changing American family. 

Because of his interest in youth. Rev. Pugh served In various capacities of lead- 
ership with the Southwest Baptist General Conference in directing camps, youth 
service opportunities in Mexico and among Arizona's American Indians, and in lead- 
ership development. 

Following his graduation from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Cal- 
ifornia, Rev. Pugh was ordained in the Bethany Baptist Church of Whittier, Cal- 
ifornia and became the church's first Minister of Youth. During his two years of 
service there, a comprehensive Christian Education program was established which 
included a wide spectrum of youth activities. 

Rev. Pugh was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Following a term of service 
in the United States Marine Corps, he attended Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, 
where he received the degree of Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts. In 1952 he 
married a Wheaton College Classmate, Marilyn Jo Graham of Athens, Illinois. 

Other highlights in the program this year include an evening of Fireside Fellow- 
ship, a forum on the identity crisis in the Brethren Church, a service of Holy Com- 
munion and a tribute to Dr. Albert T. Ronk. 

There is ample time provided for relaxation and recreation and all Brethren 
pastors and their wdves are invited to take advantage of this opportunity for recrea- 
tion and respite from the daily routines and especially the spiritual refreshment. 

Pa^e Thirty 

The Brethren Evange 


Aspiring vocalist: Professor, do you 
think I will ever be able to do anything 
with my voice? 

Instructor; Well, it may oome in handy 
in case of fire. 

"To what do you attribute your long 
life?" the reporter asked the centenarian. 

"I don't rightly know yet," said the 
old-timer. "I'm still dickering, with two 
breakfast food companies." 

Little Raymond returned home from 
Sunday School in a joyous mood. "Oh 
Mother," he exclaimed as he entered the 
house, "the Superintendent said some- 
thing awfully nice about me in his 
prayer today." 

"Isn't that wonderful!" said the mother. 
"What did he say?" 

"He said, 'Oh Lord, we thank Thee for 
food and Raymooid,' " repUed the lad. 
PYom Corinth Bulletin 

A grumpy-looking man boarded a train 
in KnoxviUe, called for a pillow, made 
himself comfortable and just before 
closing his eyes for a nap, extracted a 
sizeable placcurd from his suitcase cind 
propped it on his lap. The inscrijxtion read: 

"I don't trust the Russians. I hope we 
won't have another war. I think prices 
wUl stabilize in about a year. I don't think 
we'U have another depression. I don't 
think the Dodgers will win the Series. 
Wake me up In Atlanta." 

BUI Brown was applying for a driver's 
license. "Write your last name first and 
your first name last," the clerk said 

"How's that again, sir?" asked Brown. 

"Like I said," yawned the clerk. "Back- 

Brown shrugged and laboriously wrote: 
"UlB nworB." 

Stu^e eiHcC "ptjU 


THE BRETHREN CHURCH (Central Council Office) 
524 College Avenue, Ashland, OH 44805 

Phone: (419) 289-3698 
Rev. Smith F. Rose, Executive Secretary 

524 College Avenue, Ashland, OH 44805 

Phone: (419) 289-2748 
Rev. Frederick T. Burkey, Director 
Ronald W. Waters, Asst. to the Director 

524 College Avenue, Ashland, OH 44805 
Book Store & Editor's Phone: (419) 289-0325 
Print Shop Phone: (419) 289-2611 
George Schuster, Editor of Publications and 

Book Store Manager 
Richard J. DeVeny, Print Shop Superintendent 

110 W. LaPorte Street, Plymouth, IN 46553 

Phone: (219) 936-2929 
Mrs. Genevieve Trygg, Book Store Manager 
530 College Avenue, Ashland, OH 44805 

Phone: (419) 289-2195 
Rev. M. Virgil Ingraham, General Secretary 
John D. Rowsey, Associate Secretary 
2000 Center Street, Ashland, OH 44805 

Phone: (419) 289-1514 
Dorman Ronk, Executive Secretary 
Ashland College, Ashland, OH 44805 

Phone: (419) 289-4142 
Dr. Glenn L. (ilayton, President 
Or. Joseph R. Shuitz, Vice President for Seminary 

Retirement Payments and information: 

112 E. Liberty Street, Ashland, OH 44805 

Phone; (419) 323-5471 
Delbert C. Mellinger, Treasurer 
Hospitalization payments, forms and claims: 
6919 East lOth Street, Suite CI 
Indianapolis, IN 46219 
Phone: (317) 352-0126 


THE BRETHREN CHURCH (Central Council) 
(419) 289-3698 
Smith F. Rose, 641 Sandusky Street, 
Ashland, OH 44805 
Home Phone: (419) 325-1764 
Frederick T. Burkey, 1385 Meadow Lane, 
Ashland, OH 44805 
Home Phone: (419) 289-0156 
George Schuster, 1036 Sandusky Street, 
Ashland, OH 44805 
Home Phone: (419) 325-3257 
Richard J. DeVeny, 235 High Street, 
Ashland, OH 44805 
Home Phone: (419) 289-3244 
(419) 289-2195 
M. Virgil Ingraham, 612 Buena Vista, 
Ashland, OH 44805 
Home Phone: (419) 289-0227 
John D. Rov^sey, 1207 King Road, 
Ashland, OH 44805 
Home Phone: (419) 289-2488 
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Ashland, OH 44805 
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May 19, 1973 

No. 11 




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Executive Committee 

Elton Whitted, Chairman; Rev. George Solomon; Mrs. Robert Holsinger 

In This Issue: 

3 Press Associations in Quest for Fair 

Postal Legislation 

4 Ohio District Conference Program 

g "America's Home Life Needs Refurbishing" 
by Art Linkletter 

J 2 Ministeriad Student Aid Features 

J 5 The Brethren Layman 

IQ Missionary News 

21 News From Ashland College 

22 Sisterhood 

24 World Relief Report 

26 Board of Christian Education 

30 News From the Brethren 



Special Program 

Commemorating the 50th year of the 

Brethren's Home, Flora, Indiana 

Saturday, May 26, 1973 — 1:30 P.M. 

A most interesting program is planned for the 

afternoon followed by Open House. 

(Happy Anniversary from the 

Brethren Publishing Company) 




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By the Way 





(Editor's note) For those who are concerned 
about the issiie of increased jiostal rates for non- 
profit organizational religions periodicals, ive are 
publishing the latest information on this matter 
as it is being presented to Congress. 

Recently, before the Senate Post Office and 
Civil Service Committee hearings testimony ivas 
given by various editors and managers of relig- 
ious publications. 

Russell T. Hitt, editor of the inter-denomina- 
tional magazine ETERNITY said, "It is not a. 
matter of Catholics, Protestants and Jews. It is 
rather the plight of non-profit organizations en- 
gaged in spiritual, himianitarian and charitable 
work. We find ourselves in a common plight that 
transcends all sectarian or other considerations." 

Senators Edivard Kennedy (D-Mass.) and 
Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.) who are co-sponsors 
of a bill that Senator Goldwater said could, "keep 
affected publications alive in the transistion 
period of higher postal rates." 

In testimony p)-esented to the committee Sen- 
ator Goldwater warned that thousands of maga- 
zines and small newspapers face extinction unless 
Congress does something. 

"Even the morally uplifting religious press may 
lose its vitality." Senator Goldivater said. 

Senator Kennedy also asked that action be 
taken by Congress. "Who but Congress can stay 
the hand of the executioner?" Senator Kennedy 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (EP)— In a common plight that 
ranscended all sectarian considerations, evangelical, 
•atholic, liberal and Jewish editors testified before the 
enate Post Office and Civil Service Committee that 
lany religious publications would be forced to close if 
urrent postal increases are made law. 

Russell T. Hitt, speaking for the Evangelical Press 
Lssociation, joined with the Catholic Press Association, 

the Associated Church Press, and the American Jewish 
Press Association in presenting the case. The men 
showed that pending legislation would boost postal 
rates 356 per cent in 10 years, forcing many periodicals 
out of business. 

There are three postal bills before the Senate. One 
sponsored by Gale McGee (D-Wyo.), one by Gay lord 
Nelson (D-Wisc. ) and one co-sponsored by Edward 
Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.). The 
religious editors were unanimous in urging the passage 
of H.R. 4127-4128, a bill sponsored by Rep. Morris K. 
Udall (D-Ariz.). The Udall bill would push the same 
postal costs in 10 years up only 88.7 per cent. Congress- 
man Udall's bill provides that any postal increases 
scheduled for religious and other non-profit publications 
would be shared 50-50 by the publications and the fed- 
eral government. In addition, the first 250,000 copies 
of any publication (including profit-making ones) would 
be entitled to a government subsidy of one-third on its 
total postal rate. 

John F. Fink, executive vice president of Our Sunday 
Visitor magazine, said, "relief from second-class mail 
rates currently scheduled to go into effect is vitally 
important for the preservation of the religious press." 

"Considerable publicity has been given to the 127 per 
cent increase that most publications — principally the 
profit makers — will suffer, but it appears not to be fully 
understood that non-profit publications will suffer much 
higher increases — ranging from about 300 per cent to 
more than 800 per cent, depending on size, weight, 
advertising content, distribution, etc." he said. 

George M. Wilson, executive vice president of the 
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, testified earlier: 
"There are very few alternatives left for the religious 
press. They have squeezed about all they can out of the 
subscription price. Advertising rates are as high as the 
trade will bear. And there are no alternative methods 
of delivery for the religious press. . . . James Doyle, 
executive dii'ector of the Catholic Press Association, 
warned that the typical religious publication doesn't 
have the resources for additional revenue . . . and 
would be forced to shutdown. 

The men argued that postal rate increases averaging 
approximately 88 per cent over 10 years are high enough 
for the religious press to bear. 

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of the 


Camp Bethany 

June 21-23. 1973 

Theme: "Calling Our Continent to Christ" Conference Organization 

Text: "For we are labourers together with God: ye 

are God's husbandry, ye are God's building." Moderator Charles Munso 

I Corinthians "^-q Moderator-elect Bradley Weidenhami 

Secretary Joan Ror 

, , Assistant Secretary Charlene Rows 

Conference Musicians Treasurer Thomas Stoff. 

Song Leaders Rex McConahay Assistant Treasurer Lois Byl- 

William Walk Statistician Eleanor Bolh 

Paul Shank Statutory Agent Elton Whitfc 

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Page Five 



'heme for the Day: 

For we are labourers together with 


Registration: Housing 

Fellowship Dinner 

Registration: Delegates and Housing 

Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart 

Invocation — Charles Munson 

Greetings — George Solomon, Chairman 
Host Committee 

Sing Praises to the Lord 

Give ear to my words, O Lord — 
Rex McConahay, Smithville 


Bradley Weidenhamer, Moderator-elect 

Rejoice in the Lord 

A Bird's-eye View of the Denomination 
I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep. 


the Day: Ye are God's husbandry 
My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, 

O Lord 

Registration: Delegates and Housing 
A Time of Devotion 

Make a Joyful Noise unto the Lord — 
William Walk 

Special Music — Louisville 

Devotional Study — 

Charles Lowmaster, Louisville 
Sing Praises 

Message — Charles Munson, Moderator 
Mid-morning Break 
Conference Briefing Sessions 
Registration: Delegates and Housing 
Come now, and let us reason together 



Report of the Credential Committee 

Organization of the 1973 Conference 

Reading of Recommendations from the 
Executive Committee 

Election of the Committee 
on Committees 

Election of the Nominating Committee 

Election of the Board members 


1:30 Registration: Delegates and Housing 
Woman's Missionary Society, 

Come now, let us reason together 



Reading of the Minutes 

Report of the Credential Committee 





Action on Recommendations of the 

Executive Committee 
Action on Executive Committee's 
Recommendations from the 
Moderator's Address 
Report of Special Committees 
Selection of Delegates-at-Large to 
General Conference 
A Time of Sharing Missions 

Mission Board 
Committee and Board Meetings 


I Will Praise Thee, O Lord 

Joy to the World — 
Paul Shank, Smithville 

Consider my meditation — 
Alvin GrumbUng, Newark 

Special Music — Newark 

Message — Bruce C. Stark, Ashland 

Rejoice in the Lord 

Extra-dimensional Chats 
I laid me down and slept. 


Theme for the Day: Ye are God's building 
6:30 In the morning will I direct my prayer 

unto Thee, and look up. 
7:0a 7:45 Breakfast 
8:15 Registration: Delegates 

8:45- 9:45 Woman's Missionary Society, Sisterhood, 

Laymen, Ministerium 
9:45-10:00 Mid-morning Break 
10:00-10:30 A Time of Devotion 

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord — 

William Walk 
Special Music — Regina Steward and 

Marilyn Sapp, Mansfield 
Devotional Study — Kenneth Sullivan 
10:30-12:00 Come now, and let us reason together 

Reading of the Minutes 
Report of the Credential Committee 
Election of Officers 
Election of Committee Members 
Selection of Time and Place of 

1974 Conference 
Printing of Minutes and Distribution 
Unfinished Business 
Report of the Election of Officers 
Report of the Election of 

Committee Members 
Final Reading of the Minutes 
Adoption of the Minutes as the Official 

Record of this Conference Meeting 
Installation of Officers 
12:30 Missionary Luncheon — Smithville 

Speaker — John Rowsey 

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Woman's Missionary Society 

Theme: Keys to Witnessing 

"The Key to the Kingdom is the Word of God" 


FRIDAY — 1:30 

Greetings— Betty Deardurff, Ohio W.M.S. President 
Report of the Credential Committee 
Devotions — Evelyn Gilmer, Vice President 
Suggestions for 1973-74 Project 
Sharing Experiences in Witnessing: 

Where? When? How? 
W.M.S. Benediction 


Report of Credential Committee 
Devotions — Betty Deardurff 
Project Ingathering 
Business Meeting 

Election of Officers 

Choose Project for 1973-74 
W.M.S. Benediction 

Brethren Youth 

Board of Christian Education — Carol Gilbert 
assisted by Jim Gilmer 
6:30 Registration: Delegates* 

7:30 Opening Session 

9:00 Get Acquainted (Hike?) 

10:00 Campfire* 

7:00- 7:45 Breakfast* 
8:15- 8:45 Registration* 
9:10-10:30 Second Session 
10:30 12:00 Swimming and Recreation 
12:00 Lunch* 

1:00- 5:00 Canoe Trip and Box Supper 
7:30 Third Session 

10:00 Campfire* 

Last Session 
Missionary Luncheon* 

and adult functions; all others 



* Joint youth 


.... Because Brethren do care, we have a dwelling designed to provide comfort, 
fellowship, and contentment for the elderly — the veterans and heroes of life. 

In view of this concern, how fitting if we would establish a custom of remem- 
bering these people in a tangible way, as follows: 

When death takes a friend or loved one, instead of spending sums of money — 
large or small — for flowers, which endure so briefly, let's memorialize and honor 
the departed one by giving this amount to provide for the living here at BRETHREN 

Such an act will not only pay tribute to our departed loved one, but will bring 
untold comfort and blessing to those among us — a genuine commemoration and a 
demonstration that Brethren do care. 

If this plan is used, the administration at BRETHREN CARE will notify the 
family of the deceased of the memorial gift with an appropriate card which may 
be kept as an enduring reminder of one's friends who care. 

2000 Center Street 
Ashland, Ohio 44805 

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American Youth Symphony & Chorus 
Appointment of Outstanding Brethren Student to Membership 

The National Headquarters of the AMERICAN 
nnounced that Nancy Ronk, the daughter of Mr. and 
Irs. Dorman Ronk, 227 College Avenue, Ashland, has 
een selected to participate in the AMERICAN YOUTH 
iYMPHONY & CHORUS European good-will concert 
3ur. Nancy is a junior at Ashland High School; she 
lays the viola in the high school orchestra (first chair), 
.irected by Mr. James Thomas, and the Ashland Sym- 
hony Orchestra, directed by Mr. Harold Weller. She 
tudies privately with Mrs. Alan Basinger, and formerly 
/ith Mrs. Paul Keetle. She has participated in district 
ontests as a soloist, is a member of the regional 
rchestra, and the All-Ohio Youth Symphony. 

Nancy is a member of The First Brethren Church, 
Park Street, in Ashland. In addition to singing in the 
choir, she is President of the Senior High Brethren 
Youth; she is secretary-treasurer of the Ohio District 
Sisterhood. Last year Nancy was a counsellor at Camp 

Instrumental and vocal students ages 15 to 21 are 
chosen for membership in the orchestra and chorus on 
the basis of their musicianship, citizenship, and charac- 
ter. Auditions, as well as evaluation by school officials, 
members of the clergy and responsible citizens and 
AYSC National Board Members are used as criteria in 
selecting the young musicians. Membership in the 
AYSC is considered to be a high honor. Adults are also 
accepted as chaperones, music coaches, nurses, and in 
other staff capacities. 

will meet at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Penn- 
sylvania June 29 for rehearsals before departing on 
July 2 on their chartered BO AC jet liner for Europe. 
They will visit Ireland, England, The Netherlands, 
Germany, Austria and Switzerland, returning to Wash- 
ington D.C. on July 25 for their home-coming concert. 

Tour highlights include sightseeing on the canals 
of Amsterdam, living with a Dutch family while in The 
Netherlands, a trip by cable car to the top of Mt. 
Patscherkofel, and a Tryolean evening of Austrian folk 
music and dancing in Austria, a boat trip up the River 
Neckar in Germany, and two or three days in the beau- 
tiful Swiss Alps. Concerts are planned in each of these 

Dr. Donald E. McCathren, Musical Director of AYSC, 
and Mr. Ralph Shell, Director of Orchestra, Findlay 
High School, Findlay, Ohio, will direct the orchestra. 
Dr. Freeman Burkhalter, who is in charge of the music 
program in the Berne, Indiana, schools, will direct the 
chorus. The nucleus for the chorus will be from mem- 
bers of Dr. Burkhalter's high school choir. 


WASHINGTON, D.C. (EP)^Five high school students 
ave been awarded scholarship prizes in the 1973 Guide- 
•osts Magazine Youth Writing Contest. 

Selected from among 1,349 young people who sub- 
litted essays on the theme, "The Day My Faith Meant 
lost to Me," they are: 

Diana Kay Coe, senior, The Hutchison School, 
lemphis, first place ($3,000); Michael Kercheval, junior, 
Irand Junction (Colo.) High School, secomd place 
$2,0001; David L. Parsons, senior, Edsel Ford High 
School, Detroit, third place ($1,000); Noreen E. Todd, 
enior, Watertown (Conn.) High School, fourth place 
$750) ; and Anne K. Shelly, senior, Grant High School, 
'am Nuys, Calif.; ($500). 

In presenting the scholarship prizes to the finalists, 

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, co-publisher with his wife 
of Guideposts magazine, said the number of young 
people entering this year's competition is almost what 
it was a year ago. The increased number aind quality of 
the essays submitted is a "demonstration," he said, that 
the young people of America are "sound in character 
and integrity, and are good, solid and creative citizens, 
spiritually and otherwise." 

Mrs. Peale, who also spoke following the luncheom in 
the Joe Martin Dining Room of the Capitol, said the 
judging in the contest was on both writing skiU as well 
as the story. 

"Everyone has a story," she said, "but we are a mag- 
azine and we made the awards on the basis of writing 
skill and story." She said the staff making the final 
selection had great difficulty because so many of the 
entries were of such exceUent quality. 

Page Eight The Brethren Evangelist 



by Art LinkleKei 

"Our youngsters today are using 
drugs in the amounts tliat they are 
with the reclcless abondon that they 
are because it is the 'in' thing to 

My father, you know, was a Baptist minister — tlie 
kind who was interesting. He was an old-fashioned 
marvelous minister who scared people into heaven! 
After he described the sins and the flame of hell the 
average person was relieved to accept Christ and find 
some escape from the terrible things that were going 
to happen to them. Many times after we had been in 
a town some little lady would come up to him and say, 
"Reverend Linkletter, we didn't know what sin was 
until you came to our town!" 

I was born in a little town called Moose Jaw, Sas- 
katchewan, Canada. I was an orphan, and this nice 
middle-aged couple (the Linkletters) came through 
town a few months after I was bom and adopted me. 
I spent my youth growing up as a preacher's son. Dui'- 
ing the depression I found one of the great advantages 
of being a member of a minister's family, because our 
family didn't notice the depression — except that other 
people were beginning to live the way we'd lived all 
our lives. 

I have spent most of my life walking on the sunny 
side of the street: having fun, raising a family of five 
beautiful, wonderful, lovely children, traveling all over 
the world, with everything I touch turning to fame and 
fortune. And so, as you must appreciate, two years 
ago when death struck our family with the tragedy 
of our youngest daughter, I and my family were com- 
pletely unprepared. We had never been really close 
to a serious and tragic loss — and when our 20-year-old 
girl lost her life because of this mindless experimenta- 
tion with drugs which has afflicted our country, it was 
an insufferable, agonizing, unbelievable, impossible-to- 
understand loss. At that time we had to make up our 
minds, as a family, whether we would do what Holly- 
wood stars have been trained to do — and that is to 
suppress, hide, push under the rug any bad, painful, 
unhappy news. And yet we felt that it was time some- 
one stood up and said the tragedy of drug abuse was 
on everyone's doorstep . . . that it crossed geographic, 
economic, religious, educational — every kind of line 
you can imagine. 

Following our announcement, our mail was unbe 
lievable! Hundreds of thousands of letters — LITERAL 
LY, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS— from all over thf 
world sympathizing, holding forth love and prayer; 
for us. As a result I set out on this crusade which has 
occupied so much of my time in the last two years. ] 
found first that being the victim of a tragedy does nol 
make you an expert. I was ignorant of the subject. 1 
had the same stereotyped, caricatured, mythical view 
of what drugs were and what they did to our childrer 
as most middle-class Americans did. I thought that w( 
had to hire more policemen, build bigger jails, arres' 
the pushers and the users, crack down on our immigra 
tion authorities so that they were more particular abou 
the kinds of drug pushers they allowed in our country 
etc. I found so many other things that were differen 
that today when I talk about drugs I do it with grea 
understanding, sympathy and compassion for the peoplf 
who use it — and even for the people who sell it! Le 
me tell you something about this tragic subject. 

Our youngsters today are using drugs in the amount' 
that they are and with the reckless abandon that the} 
are because it is the "in" thing to do. It is the fashion 
able way of expressing your young, daring, growing-u] 
years. And just as most of us when we were young die 
something foolish, so today the kids are experimentin; 
with chemicals. Then of course, there is a certain num 
ber of youngsters who are rebellious. They are usin; 
this as a means of expressing their disenchantmen 
with life or the rebellion against authority. Then, o 
course, there are those who are curious (as all yout) 
are) and there are those who are watching the olde 
generation who has pretty well set up two standard 
of morality as far as drugs are concerned. 

I want to point out that in this day and age mo»' 

Americans are using some kind of drugs — "mine 

bending" drugs. Most Americans are smoking or drink 

ing or using drugs to go to sleep, or to wake up, o 

he tranquilized, or to lose weight, or for any othe 

thing that possibly can be a source of anxiety or worr) 

Vlay 19, 1973 

Page Nine 

We have been brainwashed in the last 25 or 30 years 
tty the greatest barrage of advertising that" the world 
tias even known. Most of us believe that relief from 
inxlety is just a swallow away. Our medicine cabinets 
it home are filled with pills. Our radios, TV, magazines 
ind newspapers are filled with ads that say, "Better 
Living through Chemistry." Most of us feel no com- 
punction about taking an aspirin (many of these things 
ire good drugs) but we take too many, too often instead 
if facing up to our problems, which is the real way of 
growing up. And so our youngsters are doing just what 
they've seen us do but they are doing it in excess. 

Furthermore, they are following two different kinds 
jf missionaries who are very seductive, very persuasive. 
(These missionaries of the first type I am going to men- 
ion started in about 1960-1969 with the advent of the 
icid rock musicians. Now, these young musically tal- 
mted people like the Beatles, Jefferson Airplane and 
nany others, sang drug songs (among many of the 
cinds of songs) and the drug songs familiarized our 
I'oung people, through records and radio mostly, with 
he words of the drug culture and with the feeling 
hat drugs were a kind of a part of an entertainment 
;cene. They weren't shocking! They weren't frightening! 
rhey weren't alarming! They were singing about them. 

Now I don't say that anybody goes out and tries 
Irugs because they listen to a record or listen to a 
ong, but subliminally that song is conditioning them 
lot to tie shocked if they are offered drugs. 

Secondly, these same young acid rock stars were 
lot just singing about drugs, they were living drug 
Lves and bragging about it! Through the young world 
if the growing up child went the delicious stories about 
low the Beatles standing outside the Queen's official 
hambers in Buckingham Palace in London, waiting 
o he given one of the highest honors the British 
IJommonwealth of Nations could bestow upon any 
ommercial group, went into the men's lavatory and 
;ot high on marijuana. They bragged about this and 
t went through all the world of the publishing news- 
lagers and magazines, etc., and the kids chuckled with 
;lee at the fact that the Beatles were distaining the 
)ld Establishment by turning on, getting "high" while 
hey were waiting to be given this award. That's one 

Grace Slick of the Jefferson Airplane was inadvert- 
■ntly invited to the White House to go to a party and 
ried to smuggle LSD into her purse to drop it into 
lie punch — a huge joke to turn on everybody at the 
Vhite House. It was reported in Time and Life and 
^ook, AP and INS, and other wire services — and all 
he underground press picked it up. Don't think the 
nds of this country and elsewhere didn't laugh at the 
bought of one of their favorite singers trying to turn 
m the whole White House! These kinds of things were 
vhat made the idea of following in the footsteps of 
heir idols, the singing stars, who were using it and 
elling everybody at rock concerts to turn on and get 
ligh. This was a very important factor. 

On the other side of the spectrum, we have a man 
ike Timothy Leary, Harvard professor, speaking as he 
lid (sometimes in the same town I was speaking) 
elling everyone that LSD was the greatest chemical 

ver invented by God; that it gave you a religious ex- 
iJerience; gave you an insight to yourself that nothing 

else could do; and that LSD should be used if you really 
wanted to expand your mind and live internally as you 
have been taught to live externally. 

So, LSD was given the stamp of approval by many 
college professors and college students. Now this forest 
fire of chemical misuse, along with barbiturates, 
amphetamines and all the other kinds of tranquilizers 
that were available everywhere across the counter has 
combined to give us a chemical forest fire that is raging 
in this country today. Over 75 per cent of all the young 
people who are growing up in this country will have 
tried drugs before they get out of high school or college. 
Thank God most of them will have tried it only as 
curious, daring, showing off, being part of the gang — 
they will have experimented with marijuana or one of 
the other drugs. Most of those will not go on and be- 
come regular users. Roughly, 20 per cent will become 
what we call weekend or party recreational users. The 
kind who don't really need drugs. But when they are 
at a party and people have it, they say, "Sure we'll try 
it. Everybody else is trying it." Then, of that 20 per 
cent or 25 per cent, about 10 per cent will become what 
we call "heads" or "freaks" — they really need it. They're 
anxious; they're defeated; they're disturbed; they're the 
kind of people who are losers. They are loners. They 
have a very low self-profile. They actually need some- 
thing and they turn to drugs to give then that some- 
thing. Then, of course, there's the 1 per cent or 2 per 
cent who go on to be the real losers. They're the ones 
who go on to the hard drugs, mainlining them and 
using all of the hypodermic needles, whether it is speed 
of heroin or morphine or cocaine, or any of tlie other 

"This society today, as you all 
know, has become the kind of civili- 
zation where we are graded on how 
much money we have, . . . how 
many cars, . . . rather than whether 
we love, care, and communicate 
with each other." 

Today I want to teU you that in spite of the fact that 
this vast number of young people, added to the millions 
of older people who are hooked on sleeping pills and 
pep pills and diet pills and all of those things that the 
doctors carelessly prescribe or the druggists carelessly 
sell — all of these people are in danger of permanent 
harm to themselves one way or the other, either men- 
tally or spiritually — in their careers or in their families. 
I am not going to talk in great detail about any of the 
drugs because I don't feel this is the place to do that. 
What I want to do is to tell you what I think we must 
do in this country and the important ways in which 
we must fight this drug abuse problem. 

We must stop to think why people are taking drugs, 
not what are they, or where they come from, because 
we will never be able to stop the supply of drugs. Today 

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there are over 5,000 different psychoactive drugs all 
the way from the organic drugs grown naturally to 
the drugs created in laboratories. We're never going to 
be able to stop the supply or availability of drugs. WE 

This society today, as you all know, has become the 
kind of civilization where we are graded on how much 
money we have, how many TV sets we have, how big 
our homes, how many cars, whether we go to Europe 
— rather than whether we love, care, and communicate 
with each other. I SAY TO YOU THAT THE HOME 
PROPER FOCUS. Today our kids are so far down the 
list of priorities that it is shameful and alarming. 

Dr. Urie Bronfenbrenner of Cornell University says 
of all the Western civilizations, in the United States we 
give our children less of our own time, and care, and 
love than any other country. We give them more cars, 
more TV sets, cassettes, money, vacations, private 
schools — but how many of us give oui'selves to our 
children? That is what we're coming back to. I see 
across this country, as a result of this terrible drug 
plague, a resurgence of care — and do you know, God 
moves in mysterious ways? Perhaps the frightening 
thought of losing our children will drive us back to 
looking at them with a new eye; and perhaps strength- 
ening a great many of the loosening family ties that 
have bound us together in the past. If you will just 
very briefly look down the average American family 
you will see; (1) Divorce splitting up people; (2) mov- 
ing to new communities with new roots, new tempta- 
tions. No corps of old friends and relatives surrounding 
them. The myth of a father who is no longer a father 
figure. We see instead gratification of desires. Per- 
missiveness as has never before been the case in 
American history. And all these things combine to make 
our American families today so loose and so uncaring 
for each other that there is no wonder that we have 
alcohol, drugs, liberalized sex attitudes, runaways, van- 
daUsm, disregard for law. All of these things (not just 
drug abuse) coming out of the fact that American life, 
and modern life everywhere, has become a pursuit of 
the material and a lack of the realization that human 
beings interacting with each other is the most impor- 
tant deterrent to all forms of excess living that deteri- 
orate and destroy the soul and the body of the average 
human being. 

I am encouraged by a number of things. 

I find that there is a gigantic upsurge of religious 
and spiritual interest among young people of America. 
Now, like most young people, there are excesses. You 
see the Jesus freaks as they are called who run up and 
down the streets, almost intemperately, advertising 
their belief in Jesus. But I would rather see that than 
to have them turned on to drugs of any kind. We also 
see the street Christians of many, many different kinds. 
The point is, the young people are telling us, one way 
or other, that they need something inside . . . that all 
the exterior things are NOT enough . . . that they 

need something to live for, some values they can believe 
in, some love and caring that they have too long been 
denied. And if they get that, drugs aren't going to be 
that important. Drugs aren't going to be that much ot 
a needed crutch. That's all they really are — a crutch 
to get us past defeat, anxiety, despair, loss, loneUness, 
In this country today we have more lonely people than 
we have ever had before living in the biggest crowds— 
lonesomeness. It is a great sickness. Drugs raise anc 
elevate a person — they turn them on, give them a 
"high." When I talk to people, I tell them that same 
"high" — much better — much more constructive — and 
much longer lasting — can be had by spiritual help anc 
strength. Religion has been the greatest "high" thai 
human beings have ever had in the thousands of years 
that all kinds of humans have used drugs. 

". . . the young people are tell- 
ing us, . . . that they need some- 
thing to live for, . . . some love 
and caring that they too long have 
been denied." 

By the way, let me comment on just that for a second 
Ever since human beings have been on the earth the; 
have unerringly found drugs to relieve their anxietj 
The natives in the high mountains of Peru gasping fo 
breath and fatigued in the fields found the cocoa lea 
which they chew with lime, and from which we ge. 
cocaine. The natives in Mexico working in the hoi 
fertile, tropical valleys found the mushrooms whic! 
are full of hallucinogenic materials. The cactus bu' 
gives us the mescaline, the peyote; and then of course 
the cannabis sativa plant or marijuana plant, grown a! 
over the world. I don't have to tell you what the popp 
has brought us. These kinds of things have been aval 
able for human kind for 5,000 years, and it's alway 
been the inadequate "nohopers," as we say in Australi: 
who have turned to these kinds of drugs. But today, fo 
the first time in the history of the world, the leader 
of the future are being threatened by drugs. The fines 
young people of this country and of the world are th 
ones who are turning on. And that's why I am s 

I left the United Nations where I spoke before i 
distinguished audience and went to Appleton, Wisconsiii 
a little town in the middle-west where you think then 
would be no drug abuse at all (a kind of farm townj 
They're so desperate; they have so many drug addict 
there they don't know which way to turn. I spoke t 
900 first graders seated on gym mats in a great bi 
auditorium — and if you don't think that's quite a swito 
in both language, figure of speech and attitude — froi 
the UN to the first graders. While the UN Secretan 
General paid me one of the finest compliments of m 
life when he told me that it was the most moving speeo 

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he had heard in his life at the UN, I got an even better 
compliment from a first grader who wrote me in big 
black letters after I spoke at Appleton. He says: "Dear 
Art Linkletter, you are the best speaker I have ever 
heard. (Period, Paragraph) You are the ONLY speaker 
I have ever heard." THAT came right from the heart. 

As I go from place to place with different audiences, 
different age levels, different intellectual pursuits, and 
different motivations, I try to convey all of the various 
facets of this complicated, exasperating and desperate 
subject. But I want to tell you that it all comes down 
finally to one thing; that is, WHAT DO YOU HAVE 
INSIDE OF YOU? Do you have hope? Do you have 
God? Then you don't need di'ugs; you can be turned on 
by an exaltation greater than any chemical that was 
ever invented. I tell the kids in high schools, colleges 
land grammar schools and their mothers and dads that 
ithe way to be turned on to life is to live a meaningful 
life, a life where you have faith, and where you have 
Love running through it. If I could leave one word that 
would be more important than any other word with the 
average person in the United States that has to do with 
Jjattling drugs, all of the other excesses, it's that one 
\vord, "LOVE" — care, loving each other. 

I am going to conclude with a little story that I am 
pften reminded of because too many of us living our 
|East-pace lives involved with materialistic pursuits and 
fun and games and excitement forget that there are 
people right next to us who are dying inside because 
pf lack of love. Since I am an orphan originally, this 
sarticular story has appeal for me because it is about 
in orphanage. 

One time at the little orphanage a girl arrived who 
.vas an unattractive sort of girl. She was a "loner" as 
;o many people are; she didn't make friends easily. She 

wasn't the kind of person you'd rush over and become 
a buddy with very rapidly. And so, shortly after she 
had been there the children who had made some faint 
overtures to her had distained her, and the teachers 
didn't care for her. She was a little girl by herself. 
Everywhere, nobody invited her to play games and they 
just accepted her as part of the scenery. One day a 
school teacher saw her go down in the pasture behind 
the orphanage, and she kind of sidled down to where 
a big low-lying oak was with a lot of branches. She 
reached in her little apron and took out something. She 
put it in an opening in the oak tree. 

The teacher thought, "Uh-huh, that miserable child 
has been stealing, and I am going down and find out 
what she has been stealing and report her." 

After she had gone, the teacher went down and 
reached in the oak tree and brought out a crumpled 
piece of paper. On this paper were written these words, 
"To anyone who finds this, I love you." A dramatic 
instance of a child crying out for love and unable to 
express it — unable to communicate; and yet it was 
needed, as it is with all of us. 

My message to mothers and dads and youngsters, 
ministers, teachers, parole officers and all is that we 
LOVE ONE ANOTHER as Jesus said. END 

This message by the famous TV entertainer 
was delivered in person at the Valley Com^nunity 
Church, San Dimas, California. Mr. Linkletter is 
devoting much time in traveling extensively and 
speaking to many groups on this subject of dnigs. 
This commitment to revealing the dangers to 
society resulting from drug abuse is the residt 
of a personal tragedy within his own family. 


Lieutenant Thomas A. Schultz, a U.S. Navy Chaplain 
will receive his Master of Divinity Degree from Ashland 
Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio. The Brethren 
Church Seminary will conduct commencement cere- 
monies on Sunday, May 27, 1973 at 3:00 p.m. 

Chaplain Schultz, a native of Pleasant Hill, Ohio, is 
the son of Mrs. Esther M. Schultz of Lodge Road, Troy, 
Ohio. He graduated from Ashland College with a 
Bachelor of Science degree. He has a Bachelor of Divin- 
ity and Master of Divinity from Hamma School of 
Theology and Master of Education degree from Witten- 
berg University. He is also a candidate for a doctorate 

Chaplain Schultz is married to Patricia (Preston) and 
they have three sons: Steve — 17, Mark — 15, and Tim 
— 14. The Schultz's reside at Cypress, California. 

Chaplain Schultz is presently stationed at the Naval 
Station, Long Beach, California. His former duty 
stations were Naval Air Station Whibdey Island, Oak 
Harbor, Washington; the U.S. Marines, Iwakuni, Japan 
and DaNang, Republic of Vietnam. 

Chaplain Schultz is a former Ohio Pastor and school 

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On another page I have asked a few of the seminary 
men to say "thank you" for your gifts to Ministerial 
Student Aid. Please read them carefully for I know 
that they are honest expressions of gratitude. Upon 
this occasion we did not ask the men who are pre- 
seminary students to say "thank you" but in their be- 
half, as well as for the seminary men whom I didn't ask 
to write their thanks, I would like to tell all of you that 
this offering is extremely meaningful and helpful to 

For instance, the college men who are studying for 
the ministry have a college cost of $3,700 per year. Your 
Ministerial Student Aid Offering helps immensely with 
this burden. 

By the time a man gets to seminary he is most often 
married, so he is trying to make a living through a 
student pastorate or a part-time job. The fees he pay^ 
run to about $700 per year. You can easily see that 
these men write that they could not go to school full- 
time without your gifts, that this is abundantly true. 
Even with your gifts, life for them is a very real fin- 
ancial struggle. 

With the cost of education continuing to rise, we trust 
that you will use your influence in your congregation 
to increase your church's giving to Ministerial Student 

On another page you will find a listing of the income 
and the dispersals, together with the number of stu- 

dents who have received financial aid. You will not 
that the total sum which has been granted in your nam 
is considerable but the needs are great and we urge yo 
to prayerfully share with these men who are then 
selves making very great personal sacrifices to gi 
their training for the Brethren ministry. 

Director of Religious Affairsi, 
Virgil Meyer 

The Rules for Granting of Ministerial Student Aid 

1. A student must be in good academic standing. 

2. He must evidence sincerity for the Brethren ministry. 

3. He must provide evidence of financial need: 

College students submit a parents' confidential statement 

Seminary students fill out a financial statement. 
In order to qualify for financial aid, a student must be willing to share infor- 
mation on his sources of income. 

4. Care is used so that one student does not unjustly receive more student aid than 

5. Each student must sign a statement saying that if he does not go into the Breth- 
ren ministry, he assumes the moral obligation to treat his grant as a loan, which 
must be paid back. 

6. A committee of four members makes the final decision of granting of ministerial 
student aid. The committee weighs the evidence in the items above in this de- 
cision. The current members of the committee are: Elders Joseph Shultz, George 
Solomon, Bradley Weidenhamer, treasurer, and Virgil Meyer, chairman. This 
committee is appointed each year by the chairman of the National Ministerial 
Association and is confirmed by its members. 

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Throughout my college education and first year of 
seminary I have been a recipient of Ministerial Student 
Aid. Together with many other Brethren ministerial 
students, I owe a debt of gratitude to you who have 
-nade an investment in my education. Yet in a very real 
|3ense this investment is also being made in behalf of the 
'3ntire Brethren Church. The young men in their pre- 
seminary and seminary training today will in the near 
future be the pastors and leaders of our Brethren 
bhurches. But alove all to me personally it is a great 
source of assurance to know that God working through 
your gifts does provide for the needs of those called 
oy Him. 

Dale Stoffer 

Without the love, kindness and willingness to accept 
the guidance of the Holy Spirit expressed by those 
persons contributing to Ministerial Student Aid, I would 
not have been able to finish Seminary this year. It is a 
difficult thing to leave your home and job, relocate 
2,000 miles away and take a job that pays less, but it 
helps considerably when you know that people are con- 
cerned and care about you and your family. The prepa- 
ration and development of called men is essential for 
the growth and expansion of the Brethren Church and 
its ministry. Your help makes this possible when you 
contribute to Ministerial Student Aid. Thank you. 

Larry Baker 

Ministerial Student Aid means a lot to me because 
in my case my wife and I are both attending higher 
levels of education. Sharon is a sophomore at Ashland 
College and I am a student at Ashland Theological Sem- 
inary. Being able to work only part-time, every source 
of financial help is greatly appreciated and needed. 

I am very glad that there are means of aid, such as 
Ministerial Student Aid, to help us in our pursuit of 
what we think are God's goals for us. There are many 
in the Seminary that have similar problems and are in 
need of help also. I would encourage very much the 
support of any means such as this to help in pursuing 
God's goals for His children. 

Earl Crissman 

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To put it briefly, Ministerial Student Aid has greatly 
assisted me in three areas: 

1. In providing sufficient funds so that not all my 
time must be devoted to extra-curricular jobs — 
thus providing adequate time for study. 

2. In providing support in the realization that some- 
one cares about what I am doing. 

3. In developing a care and concern for the 
Brethren Church — a person is more willing to 
help those who have helped him. 

Praise the Lord! You have been so generous. Thanks! 

John C. Shultz 

The Ministerial Student Aid Fund provides the 
Brethren with an opportunity to show those of us in 
special training that you care. Your financial gifts are 
an indication that you are encouraging, supporting and 
praying for laborers for the harvest in a real way. I 
know that many times in my educational process I have 
been in need of funds and Satan has used these times 
of financial crisis as a way of discouragement. But when 
these needs have been met through the National Student 
Aid Fund this has helped me to go on and reminds me 
of the hymn — 

"I would be true, for there are those who trust me, 
I would be pure, for there are those who care. . . 

Rex McConahay 

Throughout four years of college and these last twc; 
years of seminary I have received financial aid fron 
the Ministerial Student Aid Fund of the Brethren 
Church. This support has meant very much to me. !■ 
has enabled me to work part time and be a full-time 
student instead of working full-time and being a parti 
time student. Not only has this aid given me more studj 
time, but it has also given me more time for my wift 
and for fellowship with other students. Paul in Philip 
plans 4:19 says, "But my God shall supply all your nee( 
according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Min 
isterial Student Aid has played an important role ii 
fulfilling this scriptural promise. We seminary student: 
are very thankful for those who contribute to thi 
Ministerial Student Aid Fund. May God bless you fo 
lessening the financial burden of preparing for th 

Robert Young 

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Rodger H. Geaslen 


$180,000 VAGRANT 

What is a vagrant? A vagrant is an idle wanderer, 
me having no fixed course or aim! There are many 
iteral vagrants around us wandering from place to 
jlace. Recently a man stopped his car and asked a tramp 
f he wanted a ride. The reply was: "No, thank you, 
: am just as well off here as I would be ten miles fur- 
her on!" 

As we read the story of one of these vagrants, the 
hought occurred to us that there are many vagrants 
3r wanderers spiritually. This man of whom we read 
A'as in tattered clothing and was found by the police 
sleeping in a bus station in Florida. The police charged 
nim with vagrancy and asked him to empty his pockets. 
What a surprise when he pulled out of those tattered 
pockets over $187,000! Upon investigation the police 
iJlscovered that the money was rightfully his! And yet 
khat benefit or enjoyment was he getting out of it? 
i He reminded us of many true Christians who have 
Tusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation. They 
nave been made "heirs of God and joint-heirs with 
Christ" (Romans 8:17). They have been blessed with all 
spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ" 
HEphesians 1:3). And yet they are not enjoying these 
blessings, but wander aimlessly through life. 
I When the Lord delivered the Israelites from Egypt 
Mnder Moses, He was delivering them from a land 
•which to them had been a house of bondage and a fur- 
nace of affliction. It was the Lord's desire to lead them 
"unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with 
imilk and honey" (Exodus 3:8). They had not been long 

on their journey till they came to Kadesh Barnea which 
was close to the good land. They could have entered it 
from there; but fear, discouragement, murmuring and 
rebellion hindered them from entering the land from 
that point. Therefore the Lord allowed them to be 
wanderers or vagrants for forty years! What blessings 
they missed. Read Numbers 13 and 14. 

Christians are truly strangers and pilgrims (I Peter 
2:11). Truly we are in the wilderness of this world but 
we need not be aimless wanderers. We have an objective 
— a definite aim to follow. Our eyes are on the Lord. We 
should follow and obey Him as did Caleb and Joshua. 
As we do so, we will enjoy the rich blessings which the 
Lord lavishes upon us. 

Have you heard of the boy who, with a well developed 
sense of humor, said to another boy: "To look at me 
you wouldn't think I was the son of a millionaire, would 
you?" The emphatic answer was: "Indeed I wouldn't." 
The boy responded; "Well, I'm not!" 

How do worldlings view those of us who are the 
Lord's! Are we rejoicing in His goodness? Do we have 
the objective of glorifying Him, seeking first His king- 
dom and His righteousness? Are we enjoying the spir- 
itual riches of peace and poy which He longs to give 
us? Let us be rejoicing pilgrims, but not aimless wan- 
derers through life! 

"For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became 
poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich" 
(II Corinthians 8:9). 

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May 19, 1973 

Pag-e Seventeen 


MARCH 1973 

The folloiving report loas made by Rev. M. Virgil Ingraham, General 
Secretary of the Missionary Board of the Brethren Church, to the Board 
upon his return from the Fiftieth Anniversary celebration and adminis- 
trative visit to Nigeria. 









This visit to Nigeria was a memorable event. The 
Fiftieth Anniversary Jubilee Celebration of the Church 
of Christ in the Sudan, Eastern Region (Lardin Gabas) 
and Church of the Brethren Mission (C.B.M.) on March 
17-18, 1973 was the occasion for this visit by the General 
Secretary, representing The Brethren Church and its 
Missionary Board. The Celebration was held at Garkida, 
where pioneer missionaries Dr. H. Stover Kulp and Dr. 
Albert Helser, their families and co-worliers settled to 
begin the establishment of a Brethren mission, and in 
due time, a Nigerian Church. 

There was opportunity, both before and after the 
Celebration, to visit Brethren missionaries and to view 
their work. Time was allowed for stays in the homes of 
our own missionaries; Larry and Rose Bolinger, Richard 
and Kitty Winfield and Jerry and Cheryl Grieve. In- 
sights were gained into their particular ministries in 
Nigeria amid their gracious hospitality and warm Chris- 
tian fellowship. 

In order to convey information and impressions, it 
will be helpful to comment on several specific areas 
which relate to church, missions and missionaries in 
Nigeria. It should be mentioned that this report is not 
comprehensive; for a short visit, after an absence of 
nine years, does not afford sufficient qualification. It 
was pointed out by church leaders, both Nigerian and 
expatriate, that such visits should be more frequent in 
order to maintain relationships, coordination and con- 
tinuity between the national church and its cooperating 
missoins based in North America or Europe. Now, let 
us turn our attention to Nigeria in 1973. 

The Country 

Today's Nigeria is an emerging, expanding, industri- 
ous nation. Marks of progress are to be seen on every 
hand. Buildings are going up, roads are under con- 
struction, commerce is being accelerated, even into the 
less accessible areas of the North. 

A modern highway system is under construction, re- 
placing the rough and hazardous roads of past years. 
Paved roads, bridges and attention to drainage indicate 
planning for the rainy seasons which had previously 
hampered travel and had made some areas inaccessible. 
A recent switch from left-hand to right-hand driving 
was so well organized that vehicle accidents were even 
reduced during the time of transition. Right-hand-drive 
vehicles are quickly being replaced, to faciliate this 
international driving practice. 


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The Brethren Evangelist 

Opening of new roads has prepared the way for ad- 
vances in transportation. New air-conditioned buses are 
beginning to be in service between main cities, and 
smaller buses now appear in more out-of-way points. 
This development leads to establishment of mail service 
between most cities, which had been inadequate over 
the years. Planes are carrying mail to the principal 
cities but regular surface travel will afford greater 
regularity and dependability. Other communication ad- 
vances are in process throughout the country. 

Nigeria's new monetary system is another evidence 
of progress. A distinctly African set-up of Naira and 
kobo on the decimal basis, replaces the old British can-y- 
over of pounds, shillings and pence which had used 
units of twelves rather than the tens of the decimal 
system. The change-over is orderly, old currency being 
taken out of circulation and the older coins scheduled 
for phase-out soon. 

Still another international change soon to come will 
be adoption of the metric system for measurement. A 
national campaign will be launched to afford smooth 
transition from the old to the new. 

These are bold steps by a progressive government. 
Their significance, along with many other changes, can 
be interpreted to mean Nigeria expects to occupy a 
prominent place of leadership, both in Africa and in 
the world at large. With its more than sixty million 
population, its vast resources in oil, minerals, manu- 
factured products, farm produce, and skilled personnel; 
Nigeria is an emerging power among African nations. 

The experience of the recent Civil War, painful and 
difficult though it was, caused Nigerians to discover 
their self-hood, plus capacities and resources within 
their nation which had previously been only vague 
possibilities. The new Nigeria, which we see today on 
all levels, demonstrates independence, capability and 
developing responsibility, with its requirement that 
what is best for Nigeria must be measured by Nigerian 
standards. All who would work with them will do well 
to understand this national spirit of self-destiny. 


The Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration on March 17, 
1973 brought into focus the myriad of services and con- 
tributions going into the formation and development of 
the Nigerian church called Lardin Gabas. In many 
ways the church has pressed to the foreground even 
as the mission, which established it, has stepped aside 
to the background. This is as it should be, with increas- 
ingly capable Nigerian leadership taking up the func- 
tions and duties previously handled by missionaries.. 

The Celebration itself was a combination of praise, 
thanksgiving, challenge, demonstration and pageantry. 
State and local governments were represented, and 
officials of the Church of the Brethren, Basel Mission 
and The Brethren Church were present. The long pro- 
cession of pastors, robed for the occasion, was an elo- 
quent witness of the nearly 20,000 members of the 
church over which they have oversight. 

Growth of the church continues, though not at the 
phenomenal rate of recent years. Evangelism continues 
as extended outreach of each church, with as many as 
ten or more preaching points, functioning as satellites 
reaching out from each central church. The work of 
the pastor differs from that of the U.S. concept, for 

he has oversight not only of his organized church, but 
also that of each group of people under the care of 
evangelists in outlying villages. 

As for leadership in the church, it is significant that 
younger and better-trained men are assuming more 
responsibility. The church had been growing more rapid- 
ly than its ability to train additional leaders but though 
this condition continues, the gap is being closed. The 
reduction of the number of missionary churchmen 
illustrates this increase of qualified Nigerian pastors 
and evangelists. 

This is not to say the Lardin Gabas is without ten- 
sion, for as the mission relinquishes leadership, there 
appears to be some hesitancy as to whether the church 
should continue along the established way, or might 
launch out with new methods and means. This is pin- 
pointed in the area of finance, for dej>endence upon 
the mission has been their way of life until recently. The 
teaching and practice of Christian stewardship is going 
on, but has not yet caught up to an adequate level for 
this growing body of believers. 

The same might be said for our churches in the 
United States but it must be remembered that possibly 
ninety per cent of the membership of the Lardin Gabas, 
or Nigerian Church, likely subsists on an annual income 
of less than one hundred dollars per family. In this there 
can be no equal basis for comparison. Even so, resource- 
ful Nigerian leadership can find a solution if allowed to 
do so in their own way. 


Significant changes are occurring, not only in the 
country but also in the church. The government has 
moved to require Nigerianization in business, institu- 
tions and professions, replacing expatriate or foreign 
ownership and personnel wherever possible. Though 
not mandatory in the church, this same principle is 
being practiced. This is as it should be, with better 
qualified and trained personnel becoming available in 
all areas of church life. The current transition period is 
not without difficulty but necessity provides the essen- 
tials for its completion. 

This is not to say a complete phase out of our mis- 
sions in Nigeria is the immediate objective. Rather, it is 
that our missionaries are not expected to give services 
when Nigerians might be performing those functions. 
In the present relationship, our personnel is expected 
to work in special areas of need, using highly specialized 
skills for a specific time, until nations are able to take 
over their functions. 

In addition, new services by the mission are antici- 
pated, concentrating on areas of need in stages of the 
church's development. Examples of this are training 
institutes, writers workshops, community development, 
sharing of new resources in literature, literacy, e.xten- 
sion education, journalism, etc., to name a few such 
possibilities. And, though not new, the need will con- 
tinue for supplying scholarships on a careful, selective 
basis to outstanding leaders in need of further training 
for specific ministries. 

A recent change in church organization is perhap.s 
of greatest significance to both Individual congregations 
of the Nigerian Church and to the cooperating missions 
in the United States and Europe. The re-organization of 

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church structure may have sweeping implications in 
times to come, depending on the direction of develop- 
ment by the church. 

The shift recently enacted decentralizes leadership 
from the national conference and its executive com- 
mittee, handing over responsibility for program and 
finance to six Gundumas or area conference. The Execu- 
tive Committee retains power for national functions and 
cooperation with larger cooperating bodies but has 
turned over the work of church administration, evan- 
gelism, literacy and literature, and other similar func- 
tions of program to area conferences. 

Presently, there is some uncertainty and confusion 
as to operation under the new system. Time is needed 
to work out details and lines of responsibility, on both 
national and district (area) conference levels of the 
Lardin Gabas, as well as that of the cooperating over- 
seas missions. A sound working relationship is certain 
to emerge, for this is an active, outreaching church. 

(To be continued in the next issue of the BRETHREN 

■ J- 

Virgil Ingrakam and Larry Bolinger 


Martha Wall has written a book on Colombia called 
AS A ROARING LION. The book traces Don Vicente 
Gomez's call to the ministry and his service among 
some of the mountain people of Colombia. It is a true- 
life story of a man who faced bitter hostility and unre- 
lenting persecution for his faith. It is a very vivid 
account and easy reading but grants the reader a very 
good insight into the life of these Christians as they 
lived through the time of persecution in Colombia. 

If you would like to understand more of this country 
and its people to help you as you pray for the new 
work to be established there by Ken Solomon and his 
family, may we suggest purchasing this book (available 
from the Brethren Publishing Company for $3.95 plus 
postage) reading it, and then passing it along to other 
members of your church. It is a one evening project 
but with a very inspiring message as Love and Hate 
face each other in this true story of personal faith and 
church growth. 

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The following letter to Aunt Ethel and her response is taken from the booklet 
WHO'D STAY A MISSIONARY by Helen Morgan and reprinted by permission 
from the publisher, The Christian Literature Crusade. Copies are available from 
the Missionary Board or from the publisher. 

Dear Auntie Ethel, 

Soon after we were married, my husband, a curate, felt he was called 
to the mission field. I believe a wife should assent to her husband's choice 
of work, so I didn't raise too many objections when he applied to a mission- 
ary society. I said, ivhen they asked, that I felt it right to go. 

Now the time is drawing nearer for our departui-e and I have many, 
many doubts. I now have two small babies and hear the country we are 
going to is bad for children and there are m,any health hazards. People tell 
me I must feel "called" or I shouldn't go and yet Paul is so sure that I dare 
not stand in his way. What shall I do? 


Dear Worried, 

Did you, when your husband ivas first "called," pray about going to 
the mission field yourself? And did you feel it to be right theyi? If you did, 
I would say it is the devil jmtting these doubts in your mind now. Put the 
thoughts from, you and tnist God. 

But if you have never really spoken to the Lord about it, then noiv is 
the time to do so. Pray apart from your husband. Too many women let 
their whole spiritual lives become swallotved up in their htisbands'. Then 
)vhen they are asked by God to bear something alone, they haven't the 
strength. Sort this out irith God alone now. Don't wait until you get there 
and hope it will be all right. It'll be much woise then than it is now. 

Personally, I think 7jour friends are right who say that yoti also need 
to feel called to this irork. Unless ymi are, you should not go, even if it 
means holding bark your husband until you are sure. But God does not 
intend husband and wife to live apart, and if He has called your husband, 
He will be waiting to speak to you. Find the time to listen. 

Auntie Ethel. 

May 19, 1973 

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ASHLAND, Ohio— The Ashland College Choir dedi- 
cated one of the numbers in its spring program held 
on April 29 to the memory of its friend and benefactor, 
Dr. Hugo H. Young. 

This is one of a series of memorial programs for the 
late Dr. Young to be held in the Dr. and Mrs. Hugo H. 
Young Theatre for the Performing Arts. 

Students and faculty of the communicative arts 
division are presenting musical, dramatic and other 
appropriate performances in memory of a great man. 
These are fitting tributes to the renowned Ashland 
County industrialist, humanitarian and philanthropist. 

For his many humanitarian efforts. Dr. Young was 
awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from 
Ashland College in June 1965. In February 1970, the 
theatre in the Arts-Humanities building was formally 
dedicated. The dedication of this beautiful theatre was 
in recognition of the Youngs' abiding interest in the 
performing arts according to Calvin Y. Rogers, director 
of the communicative arts division and choir director. 

"Lord, Hast Been Our Refuge" by Ralph Vaughan- 
Williams is the work to be dedicated to Dr. Young. The 
90th Psalm and the Hymn, O God Our Help In Ages 
Past are joined by the great English composer of the 
first-half of the 20th century. 

The program selected for the choir's home concert 
covered a wide spectrum in choral music. It included 
plainsong, a Bach Motet for double chorus, some 
arrangements of early American hymns by Ashland's 
composer-in-residence. Jack Johnston, and a cantata in 
"rock" style in addition to traditional motets and 

The Choir emphasizes the finest sacred music from 
all style periods which is regarded as a direct expression 
of divine worship. 

Although primarily a concert choir, it appears 
occasionally in chapel services and convocations and 
has in the past joined with the students from other 
choral organizations on campus in the presentation of 
large musical works. Recent performances have in- 
cluded Handel's "Messiah," Bach's "Christmas Oratorio," 
Brahms' "Requiem" and Honegger's "King David." 

The choir performed in churches, high schools and 
for alumni groups in Ohio, Georgia, Florida, South 
Carolina, Virginia and the District of Columbia on an 
extensive concert tour during the College's spring 

Officers of the choir include Scott Barkhurst of North 
Olmsted, president; Eric Schussler of Ashland, vice 
president; Barbara Stentz of Nova, secretary; Robert 
Watson of Mt. Kisco, N.Y., treasurer and equipment 
chairman; Sherry Barnhart of Germantown, wardrobe 

Accompanists and instrumentalists are Richard 
DeLong, Mansfield; Marilyn Amstutz, Kidron; Larry 
Hiner, coordinator of TV production and programming 
and instructor in percussion at AC; George Winters, 
Loudonville, percussion; Joyce Wendel, Cleveland, flute 
and piccolo; David Gatts, Sheffield Lake, guitar and 
William Peters, Berlin, Conn., electric bass. 

The AC college choir, its director, Rogers and its 
student soloists were lauded in the European press dur- 
ing their spring, 1972 tour. 

"Climento," a Rome publication, carried a review 
of the choir's performance there. "In their recent works 
by various composers, one could distinguish a skill 
suited to the expressive range of our times as far as 
musical language was concerned. The soloists should 
undoubtedly be able to follow the artistic courses 
chosen since they are not wanting in vocal quality. The 
choir was accompanied splendidly on the organ and the 
conductor, Calvin Rogers, was most capable not only 
in conducting but also in his musical learning which 
revealed a profound knowledge of the music performed." 


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Call to Worship 

Song Service 

Circle of Prayer 

Bible Studies 


Discussion Questions: 

Seniors: Discussion over chosen book 

Special Music 


"Spirit ol Sisterhood" 

S.M.M. Benediction 


by Mrs. Paul (Judy) Tinkel 

Christ Gives Us Freedom from 
Worry and Fear 

Jesus talked a great deal about the subject of fear. 
One of his great blessings He gives us is deliverance 
from fear and worry if we trust in Him. 

Let's turn in our Bibles to several passages that deal 
with the subject of worry and fear and see what God 
tells us about these subjects. 

Read Isaiah 41:10. God says He is our God. He will 
strengthen us. 

Turn to Psalms 37:8. This passage explains itself very 
clearly, especially if you read it from the Living Bible. 

John 14:27. Sometimes we allow thoughts to enter 
our minds and become monsters which take away our 
peace and cause us undue fear. In these moments we 
should remember Jesus' words: "Let not your heart be 
troubled, neither let it be afraid." 

Matthew 14:30. We find in this passage that even 
one who followed Jesus very closely was afraid when he 
took his eyes off Jesus. We can take a good lesson from 

II Timothy 1:7. Our fears can be healed by this text. 
It tells us that fear is overcome with faith in Jesus 
Christ. It also tells us love overcomes fear. Love means 
trust and complete dependence upon God. Practice this 
attitude and fear will diminish. 

I John 4:18. John tells us that the believer who lives 
in fear does not possess true Christian love. 

Philippians 4:6. Instead of worry, practice prayer 
and communion with God. 

The last passage we are going to look at is Matthew 
6:34. Don't worry about tomorrow. The only way to 
take fear out of living is to put and keep faith in God. 

As we have read God's Word, we have found fear. 

worry, and anxiety are playmates. They play havoc 
with our subconscious minds. Worry is a cycle ir 
inefficient thought whirling about a center of fear. 

Fretting or worrying is getting out of touch with Goc 
mentally or spiritually. It is one thing to say "fret not' 
but another thing to have a disposition that you fine 
yourself able not to worry. This thing of not worrying 
must work in our bad days as well as our good ones oi 
it will never work. 

Our Lord never worried or He was never anxious 
because He was out to realize God's ideas, not His own 
Worry and fear are wicked if you are a child of tht 
King. How can anyone who is identified with Jesu; 
Christ doubt or fear? 

There are 365 "Fear Not's" in the Bible. One for each 
day of the year. 

Said the Robin to the Sparrow: 

"I should really like to know 
Why these anxious human beings 

Rush about and worry so?" 
Said the Sparrow to the Robin: 

"Friend, I think that it must be 
That they have no Heavenly Father 
Such as cares for you and me." 

Elizabeth Cheney 

Mm. Judy Tinkel is tlie wife of Reo. Paul D 
Tinkel. pastor of the Ctestview Brethren Churcl 
in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She is serving a. 
Assistant Patroness of the National Sisterhoo( 

Way 19, 1973 


Pag:e Twenty-three 

by Mrs. Gary Taska 


Read Psalm 150 

One of the first things you probably did when you 
were a baby was respond to music. Maybe when your 
mother sang to you you made a cooing, gurgling sound. 
After you could sit or stand you probably rocked back 
and forth or nodded your head when you heard a tune 
on radio or TV. I think God gave everyone a liking for 
music. Even if a person can't carry a tune or play an 
instrument they still like to hear music. It doesn't 
matter how young or how old a person is, music is 
enjoyed by all. 

So, why not use music as a way to reach others for 
Christ? In the Psahn you read it says to praise the 
Lord with all kinds of instruments; with trumpets, with 
the harp, the timbrel (tambourine), stringed instru- 
ments and organs, and with cymbals, loud cymbals. 
Have you ever heard the Lord praised in this way? 

Sometimes it's not as hard to tell about Christ by 
singing about Him as it is to talk to someone. I know 
of a girl once your age who was really scared to talk 
inuch to anybody about anything but she liked to sing 
and God gave her the ability to do this for Him in 
church and other meetings. As this girl grew up and 
learned to trust Christ more she was then able to speak 
about Him as well as sing. 

You girls can share Christ through music in many 
ways. Older people love to hear young people sing so 
maybe your group could go to a nearby nursing home 
or to some shut-ins of your chui'ch and sing songs of 
God's love for them. Many of you play a musical instru- 
ment. Do the people of your church know that you do? 
You could play a special number for Worship Service 
or some other program. Maybe your Sisterhood group 
could put on a whole musical progi'am for your church. 
Your group could sing, you could liave some spiecial 
instrumental numbers, some solos, duets, and also have 
the congregation join in singing some of their favorite 
hymns and choruses. 

One of my favorite choruses is "I Just Keep Trusting 
My Lord." This little song has a great witness to others 
when they hear you sing it. It tells how you keep trust- 
ing the Lord no matter what happens, that He's your 
faithful friend and you can count on Him. Another good 
song for sharing Christ is "God Loves You and I Love 
You." You probably can think of a lot of others too that 
tell of Jesus' love for us. This summer when you're 
with some friends sing some of these songs and teach 
them to others. 

Being a Christian is a joyful thing. Somehow when 
we're full of joy we just feel like singing. Let's sing 
songs about Christ so we in this way can share Him 
with others. 

Read again Psalm 150. 






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The Brethren Evangelist 

by Phii Lersch, Chairman 
Brethren World Relief Committee 

(For several months this page has been a report 
of the Lersches' trip to Southeast Asia in 1972. 
But for these two segments, last issue and this, 
Phil will relate the highlights of a Travel Report 
just released by Dr. Everett Graffam. Executive 
Vice President of the World Relief Commission, 
folloiving his e.vtensive travels to WRC locations 
this Spring. The Lersch "travelogue" ivill resume 
next issue.) 

Dr. Graffam had excellent meetings with the WRC 
staff in Vietnam, spending several days at the Hoa 
Khanh Children's Hospital outside DaNang. John and 
I visited this hospital a year ago, where Brethren 
Chaplain Tom Schultz met us as a surprise. 

Dr. Graffam writes: "I was deeply impressed with 
the new warehouse project made possible by a gift 
from a Baptist Church in Los Angeles, the Chaplains of 
the Air Force, and our staff. The initial gift of $5,000 
cared for the 120 ft. by 30 ft. cement floor and erection 
of a warehouse building worth more than $50,000. With 
this building completed, we received over $500,000 worth 
of medicines, hospital equipment, materials, and food 
from military medical facilities being closed down by 
the redeployment of U.S. forces. 

"While at the hospital, we again were made aware of 
the many small tragedies in which we could render a 
practical demonstration of America's Christian love and 
concern. A special burn ward has been set up to care 
for the continued extremely high incidence of seriously 
burned children. These burns are brought about by 
the sale on the black market of high octane gasoline 
made to smell like kerosene. The unsuspecting mother 
lights her little rice-cooking stove and instantly her 
home is a mass of flame. Little children playing close 
by become the tragic victims. Through Dr. Long, head 
nurse Gwen and her staff, in one month more than 30 
nia.jor sldn grafts are made to help the little burn 

"Here, too, we see the ravages of all kinds of disease, 
dehydration, malnutrition, and attempts of witch doctor 
medicines and remedies. Sometimes these attempts to 
cure are worse than the disease. One tiny child's abdo- 
men and upper legs were horribly damaged by the 
materials used in an abortive medical attempt. The child 
died of a combination of the complications and delay 
in getting the good, loving professional medical help 
provided at our hospital." 

Dr. Graffam also met with the executives of the 
Christian Youth Social Services — the WRC counterpart 
agency in South Vietnam. As was true when John and 
I met Mr. Do and Mr. Nat a year ago, they are doing 
excellent work. Dr. Graffam is always concerned that 
adequate spiritual emphasis be given when meeting 
people's physical needs. Therefore, one reason for his 
travels and meetings is to take stronger action, where 
necessary, to protect our Christian testimony with the 
people served — which is the basis for WRC's existence 
and the purpose of its services. 

Although details were not given. Dr. Graffam didi 
report that a very worthwhile "summit meeting" was 
held in Bangkok with WRC and government officials' 
from Vietnam, India, Laos, Bangladesh, Thailand and 

Most unusual of Dr. Graffam's experiences in Bangla- 
desh was a river-boat trip from Dacca to Khulna, on a, 
side-wheeler steamer known as "The Rocket." It moved; 
at a record-making speed of 15 mph, taking 26 hours to 
go less than 200 miles. Dr. Graffam comments: "Thei 
boat and its load of freight and human cargo again 
made us aware of the unimaginable need in so man> ■. 
parts of the world. One fact that came out was stagger- 
ing. The 500,000 people who died during the 1970 tital, 
wave disaster were replaced in this eighth most densely, 
populated country in the world in 26 days. A fantastic! 
population explosion! J 

"On anival the next noon in Khulna, hundreds ol 
passengers rushed to the one single exit ramp to the- 
dock. As we stood on the upper deck awaiting our turn 
taking a step at a time, we could look down and set 
eveiy type of person, many probably owning only whai 
they were carrying. Screaming, undernourished childrer 
were carried or tugged along by an entourage of broth 
ers and sisters. Heavy luggage was head-carried to thi 
dock. Meeting those disembarking were many noisj 
salesmen hawking their goods. Cabs, pedicabs, horsi 
drawn vehicles all vied for customers. ... i 

"This was a very significant visit for me. We spen 
several hours going north by boat to visit villages tha 
had been burned out during the war. We found niaii> 
houses built wltli the help of WBC. We had a clos( 
call, arriving back at the dock with no gas. The heav} 
load, plus only one engine, had used much more gas thai : 
had been anticipated. A dinner for special governmen 
officials and friends from the Khulna area made tin 
evening a pleasant experience. 

"The next day we were up early for a long trip soutl 
of Khulna to visit the miracle rice projects. ... It i 
an almost unbelievable accomplishment. Two thousam 
acres in 50 blocks with 50 families to each 50 acres 
This means helping 10,000 people to be productive." 

Way 19, 1973 

Page Twenty-five 

In this country Dr. Graffam had significant meetings 
ivith the Chief Minister; the Ministers of TCducation, 
Finance, and Social Welfare; and the West Bengal 
Governor. He writes: "In every area of contact, we 
learned the top priority need is vocational training for 
thousands who are educated but with no skills or trades. 

"They all asked WRC-India to please help as we have 
in Bao Anh School and Dalat Schools (in Vietnam 1 to 
he\p train their youth. We had a series of meetings 
with members of the committee and we will move in 
that direction, if not through our own staff we will get 
qualified Christian students into the programs already 
in operation through scholarship help. . . . 

"After an extremely busy schedule, I had hoped to 
leave part of my Sunday for final reports and packing. 
[ ended up taking part in the graduation of 300 students 
from Calcutta Bible Institute. Strangely, there are 
57,000 students enrolled in their correspondence courses 

but most are Hindus. They get good marks, study hard 
and seem very interested, but only a few become Chris- 
tians. When the exercises were over, all present ( several 
hundred) were told if they wanted a calendar and New 
Testament they could line up and present their invita- 
tion and program or credentials. There was a mad rush 
and 300 to 400 got a New Testament. We can only pray 
that His Word, as it is read, will not return void." 

Dr. Graffam made other stops in Bombay, Nairobi, 
Monrovia, Liberia, etc. before flying back to New York. 
But these preceding descriptions give ample evidence 
of the important contacts he made on this round-the- 
world jaunt. And it points out the valid contributions 
WRC is making in many areas of critical need in these 
countries. Keep praying for Dr. Graffam in his ex- 
tremely important leadership responsibilities. 

(Next — The Honam Project in Korea) 

St. Petersburg, Florida 

Korean Dormitory Dedicated 
at Portland Convention 

PORTLAND, Ore. — A dedication service for a girls 
dormitory in Korea was part of the ceremonies at the 
World Relief Commission dinner held here during the 
31st Annual Convention of the National Association 
3f Evangelicals. 

The dedication was made in honor of the late Paul 
R. Fryhling, former vice president of WRC's executive 
board and pastor of First Covenant Church, Minnea- 
polis, who died of a heart attack February 3. A dedi- 
catory picture of the 50-girl dormitory being erected at 
Madame Yu El Hee's Home in Husang, Korea was pre- 
sented to his widow. In turn, Mrs. Gladys Fryhling 
presented a check to the World Relief Commission for 
the orphanage in behalf of herself and her two daugh- 
ters. Dr. Donald B. Patterson, pastor, Presbyterian 
Church in the U.S., Jackson, Miss., offered the dedi- 
catory prayer. 

Also at the dinner, a check for over $31,000 for the 
work of the World Relief Commission was presented 
by Dr. Clifford Bjorklund, secretary of the Covenant, 
in behalf of the Evangelical Covenant Church of 
America, headquartered in Chicago. The denomination 
also this year has donated $2,500 for books for Bihar 
University in Bangladesh and $7,500 for emergency 

Featured at the WRC dinner was the Moo Goong 
Hwa Korean Orphan Girls' Chorale, now on a WRC- 
sponsored tour in the U.S. 

The World Relief Commission, the overseas relief 
arm of the National Association of Evangelicals, is one 
of eight commissions and four affiliates holding business 
sessions, seminars and workshops during the three-day 
NAE convention. 


Dr. Bernice T. Cory, cofounder and Senior Vice 
President of Scripture Press Publications, Inc., Wheaton, 
111., died on Saturday, April 21, at the age of 73. 

Mrs. Cory with her husband, the late Victor E. Cory, 
in 1932 began work on the All-Bible Graded Sunday 
School lessons that grew to be Scripture Press, with a 
worldwide ministry of Christian education materials in 
78 languages, 120 countries, and more than 70 denom- 
inations. She was recently honored by executives and 
employees on her fortieth anniversary with the 

From the beginning of Scripture Press, Mrs. Cory 
wrote and edited Sunday School lessons, Vacation Bible 
School lessons, flannelgraph visuals, a Cradle Roll 
course for the Sunday School, and children's educational 
books. She frequently was called on to speak at Chris- 

tian education conferences on the training of pre- 

Mrs. Cory, along with her husband, accepted the fact 
that the founding of Scripture Press was an amazing 
dove-tailing of providential circumstances. She was con- 
vinced that the founding of the company and its impact 
on Christian education around the world was a miracle 
of God. She considered her association with Scripture 
Press a lifelong missionary calling, and often urged 
employees to make certain that their association with 
the company was God's chosen place for them. 

Mrs. Cory is survived by four sons: Lloyd and Philip 
of Wheaton, Daniel of Glen Ellyn, and Paul of New 
Jersey; 13 grandchildren; and two sisters: Mrs. Harry 
(Gene) Saulnier, of Chicago; and Mrs. Kenneth (Ruth) 
Mullins, of Evanston, 111. 

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Serving the East 

This mission action team will work in mission 
churches and camps in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. 
The team members will pool their past experiences in 
teaching VBS, leading recreational activities, and par- 
ticipating in worship experiences. All team members are 
first-year Crusaders. 

Wayne Grumbling will serve as team captain. Wayne 
is presently National BYC Vice Moderator and Central 
District BYC Vice President. He was National BYC 
Statistician in 1971-72. Recently Wayne received recog- 
nition as a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist, one 
of the highest academic honors possible for a graduating 
senior. He expects to enter college in the fall. 

Susan Berkey is presently a sophomore at Wayn< 
General and Technical College, majoring in Educationa 
Technology. She serves as a team captain in her loca 
BYC and sings in the church choir. She has also sei-ve( 
as youth advisor for the primary youth and as a coun 
sellor at Camp Bethany. 

[ay 19, 1973 

Page Twenty-seven 

Jim Miller, presently a high school junior, plans to 
nter full time Christian service. He has counselled at 
:amp Peniel and has held office in national and district 
brotherhood organizations and in his local BYC. Jim 
Iso served as a counsellor at the showing of the film 
For Pete's Sake" and at the Greater Johnstown Ford 
'hilpot Crusade. 

Cheryl Tinkel has worked with the other youth at 
the Crestwood church in establishing a local BYC group. 
She is a junior at Northrup High School, and she states 
interest in sewing, cooking, and sports. 

Linda Zerbe is secretary of Southern Indiana District 
BYC and secretary of the Bible Club (sponsored by 
Youth for Christ) in her high school. Linda, a senior, 
sings in her church choir and in her high school con- 
cert and swing choirs, has served as a counsellor at 
Camp Shipshewana, and is a seven-year member of 

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Serving the Brethren Church 

In the last four issues of the EVANGELIST you have 
seen and read about the 30 youth who are members of 
the 1973 Summer Crusader Program. After reading the 
autobiographies of each of these young people and the 
recommendations written by their pastors, we are im- 
pressed with the caliber of those who have applied. 

The 1973 program is the largest yet, with six teams 
serving the Midwest, the East, Ohio and Indiana, 
Brethren Care and the Brethren's Home, Ft. Wayne - 
Crestwood, and Ohio Camp Bethany. Each of the areas 
served will provide a variety of opportunities and e.xperi- 
ences for the Crusaders. As they return to their local 
churches, team members will be better prepared to 
fulfill local, district, and national leadership roles. 

We appreciate your prayerful interest and financial 
support as together we build the church of Jesus Christ. 


It is much more exciting to raise money for projects 
about which we have information. The National Board 
of Christian Education develops promotional materia! 
each year of the project and budget. Last year twc 
filmstrips ("Operation Feneration," the story of tht 
Summer Crusader Program; and "The Jeffersor 
Brethren Church Story") explained the two projects 
This year a promotional slide program, entitlec 
"OUTREACH '73— The National BYC Financial Budget' 
visually portrays the areas of outreach in the budget 
These audio- visual materials are offered free-of -charge 
The budgeted item from project promotion helps tc 
cover part of the cost of producing these items. 

NOTE: The promotional slide programs help pro 
mote the budget-project only when they are used. Writ€ 
today for information on how to obtain the free slide 
program for a showing at your church. 


The National BYC Council was formed by the 1970 
National BYC Convention as an evaluative and sugges- 
tive body for the Convention. Council discusses issues 
and makes suggestions and recommendations to the 
Convention. Several of the areas considered by Council 
annually are the budget and project, the Convention 
schedule, and the guidelines. 

The National BYC Council is a representative group, 
including in its membership the present and outgoing 
National BYC officers, the president and an at-large 
representative from each of the ten districts and a 
representative from each associate district, and six 
national at-large representatives. The Council meets at 
least once each year, in addition to daily meetings dur- 
ing Convention week. 

Since each district and associate district is represented 
on the Council, a communication link is established with 
each district BYC organization. However, when that 
districts representative cannot attend, the communica- 
tion link is broken. To make possible more complete 
representation, seven hundred dollars ($700) has been 
allotted in the budget for Council member travel costs. 


National BCE Administrative Expenses $3,000.0( 

National BYC Projects 4,000.0( 

For a Worship Center at Brethren 

Care, Inc., the new Brethren 

Home located in Ashland $1,400.00 

For travel assistance for delegates 

to 1974 Nat. BYC Convention 

from 6 western churches 

(Lathrop, Manteca, and 

Stockton, CA; Papago Park and 

Tucson, AZ and Cheyenne, WY. 600.00 

For the Summer Crusader Program 2,000.0( 

National BYC Council Travel Exp. (73-74) 700.0(i 

Special Programs 200.0(' 

Project Promotion 50.0( 

TOTAL $7,950.(M 


In the past five years there have been many special 
BYC programs. The largest is the annual National BYC 
Convention, where youth from across the denomination 
gather to fellowship, study, and conduct the business of 
National BYC. The Winter Retreats— Snowball, Fried- 
enswald, St. Pete, and Spring Mill — were also times for 
rich spiritual growth and for the training of youth to 
become leaders to their local BYC. Such programs are 
extremely expensive — registration fees cover only a 
small part of the cost. The two hundred dollars ($200) 
for special programs will provide a supplement to 
registration fees for future programs of this nature. 

lay 19, 1973 

Pag-e Twenty-nine 


We started our B.Y.C. year with an all night party 
it the church. We met at the church after the Home- 
oming football game. We stayed at the church until 
ibout 3:00 a.m. and then split up — the boys to one 
eaders home, and the girls to another. We returned to 
he church at 6:00 a.m. whereupon the boys cooked 
sreakfast for the girls and leaders. 

As a money making project we had a slave day. We 
vvere hired as "slaves" and did odd jobs for people in 
the church. Most of our time was spent raking leaves. 
vVe made $45 off of this project. 

Late in November about 25 youth and adults went to 
2restwood (Ft. Wayne) to help Rev. Tinkel with a 
5ur\ey and after running around in the snow for a 
couple of hours, we then had fellowship and refresh- 
ments with the youth of their church. 

January 14 we traveled to Milford for a joint-meeting. 

Also in January we made another trip to Ft. Wayne. 
This time we had chartered an Indiana Motor Bus. 
.About 35 of us went to eat at the Heritage House and 
went to a hockey game. We returned to the church 
^bout 11:30 p.m. and had pizza and pop. We all went 
home about 1:00 a.m. In January we had the evening 
program. Almost all of our members participated in 
the talent night. The youth from Dutchtown and Ft. 
Wayne churches were our guest. We ended the evening 
with refreshment and fellowship. 

As another money making project we made donuts. 
We took orders ahead of time and then met at the 
church and made about 135 dozen. The next morning 
we made about $85 off of this project. 

During the past month, we've had two special speak- 
ers. Don Sand, a state policeman, came in and showed 
us a movie called "The Third Killer." Dr. McCleary 
came in and showed us slides of Haiti. 

Throughout the year we've had good devotional meet- 
jings and good attendance. The first Sunday of each 
|month is set aside for business. Different members are 
]in charge of a meeting the rest of the month. 

i — Secretary, Kathy Griswold 

as each week more people are receiving Jesus into their 

As projects we had a cookie day sale in April and a 
Judas bag supper is planned for May. A visitation pro- 
gram is also in the making. 

On Saturdays we have been canvassing the Bryan 
area for prospects for our church bus route. 

We are also helping in the Sunday evening services 
and also supplying special music along with the Jr. 
High B.Y.C. 

We were also responsible for the Easter Sunrise 
service and the youth service in May. 

— Ann Oxenrider, Secretary 


We, the members of the County Line Brethren Senior 
High Youth group began our year by hosting a rally in 
October. Since then we have had money-making pi'oj- 
ects such as a paper drive, a bake sale and a hobo supper 
to reach our national goal. 

We have visited shut-ins and former members of the 
church and presented a program at the Marshall 
County Home for the aged. We also went Christmas 
caroling and witnessing in the area. Our latest project 
was sponsoring the Nutone Singers of Goshen in week- 
end Evangelistic Sei-vices. 

Besides trying to work toward the National BYC 
Guidelines we have set up goals of our own and are 
working toward them, too. 

— Maureen Koontz, Secretary 



The Bryan Sr. B.Y.C. started the 72-73 year with a 
mystery supper. Rev. Bud Hamel was the guest speaker. 

Attendance at Thursday night Bible study has in- 
creased as we all grow closer together in the Lord. 

Praise the Lord! Revival has come to Bryan High 
School. We are glad the Lord is using us along with 
other brothers and sisters in Christ. The attendance at 
the noon Bible studies has increased from five to sixty 

A new youth group with a membership of 17 was 
organized on March 21st under the leadership of Jerry 
Hiner who has been employed to serve our church in 
the areas of youth work and music. 
Officers of the new group our: 

President Paul Bruce 

Vice President Robert Rowsey 

Secretary Michelle Bruce 

Treasurer Dean Maddox 

One of our first programs was a message illustrated 
by slides presented by a Christian Jew from the Holy 
Land. Many plans are being made for the summer 

Page Thirty 

The Brethren Evangelist 



On April 22, 1973, Elmer O. 
Frank was called to be with His 
Lord. Surviving are his wife, Silva; 
a son, Forrest, of Columbus; a 
daughter, Mrs. Dortha Dowdy of 
Argentina; five grandchildren; and 
six great grandchildren. 

Elmer and Silva had been married 
for 62 years. For seven summers, he 
served as superintendent of the 
grounds at Camp Bethany. He was 
a member of the Smithville Breth- 
ren Church, the Laymen's Organi- 
zation; and for many years served 
faithfully as a deacon of the church. 


Herbert Longshore passed away 
April 8, 1973. He had been a mem- 
ber of the Walcrest Brethren Church 
since 1924. He and his wife cele- 
brated their 50th Wedding Anniver- 
sary October 22, 1972. He is sur- 
vived by his wife. Hazel; a daugh- 
ter, Mrs. Martha Adler and a son 
Robert; also five grandchildren. 

Funeral services were conducted 
in the J. H. Finefrock & Sons 
Funeral Home by his pastor Rev. 
Kenneth Sullivan. Interment in the 
Mansfield Cemetery. 

Waterloo, Iowa. February 4th a 
special recognition was given to 
Mr. & Mrs. A. C. Glessner who 
had perfect attendance in Church 
School for 25 years. 

Thirty members of our Church 
attended a Lay Institue for Evan- 
gelism (L.I.F.E.) hosted by the 
Waterloo Grace Brethren Church 
and conducted by a team from 
Campus Crusade for Christ, April 
4-8. Rev. Arden Gilmer, pastor ol 
of the Pleasant View Brethren 
Church in Vandergrift, Pa. was 
one of the team members. We arc 
praising God for enabling oui 
people to take the time to receive 
this special training, knowing thai 
they are now able to witness mon 
effectively for their Lord. We an 
already making use of this traini 
ing as we go out to witness in th( 
Key 73 Program. Brother Gilme: 
has arranged to be with th< 
Waterloo Brethren Church ii 
October for Revival Services. 

We were thrilled to host th- 
Brethren Youth Spring Cam 
April 13-15. 


The Glen Berkey's celebrated the 
55th Wedding Anniversary on MS 
2. They are members of the Fir; 
Brethren Church, Goshen, Indiana. 

And into that gate they shall enter 

And in 

that House they shall dwell, 

There shall be no Cloud nor Sun. | 


Darkness nor Dazzling, 


one equal Light. 


Noise nor Silence, 


one equal Music. 

No Fears nor Hopes, | 


one equal Possession, 


Foes nor Friends, 


an equal Communion and Identity, 


Ends nor Beginnings, 


one equal Eternity. 

John Donne 


North Manchester, Indiana — 

32 by baptism 

1 by letter 
Waterloo, Oowa — 

2 by baptism 
1 by letter 

Stockton, California — 

6 by baptism 
Mansfield, Ohio — 

1 by baptism 

1 by letter 
Sarasota, Florida — 

5 by baptism 


May 19, 1973 

Page Thirty-one 


Craig Skinner now residing in Australia where he 
lecturers in homiletics and education. He is also active 
in evangelism and various special preaching and teach- 
ing ministries among theological schools and churches. 

This book combines teaching ministry history, theo- 
logy and practice for today. It is a fresh study of the 
preacher's function in the pulpit. This book is a "mind- 
stretcher" for the pastor seeking to improve his preach- 
ing/teaching ministry. It is also a practical "how-to" 
manual. Such a combination makes The Teaching: Min- 
istry of the Puipit an eagerly reached-for and often- 
referred-to book, useful for both the beginning student 
and the experienced pastor. 

The book is published by BAKER BOOK HOUSE, 
Grand Rapids, Michigan, is cloth-bound and is available 
at the Brethren Bookstores. $5.95. 


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Seventy-seven Brethren churches made contributions to the Ministerial 
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Costs of education continue to rise. Tuition, fees, board and room will 
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June 2, 1973 

No. 12 




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In This Issue: 

3 Gk) and Proclaim 

4 Indiana District Conference Program 
g NAE Convention News 

l\ World Relief Report 

]^2 "A Little Child Shall Lead Them" 
by Rev. John Young 

Jg Sisterhood 

J 7 Church News 

Jg Missionary News 

23 News from the Brethren 

24 New Testament Relationship of Baptism 

Memorial Paper Digest 
by Brian H. Moore 

26 Board of Christian Education 

2g The Brethren Layman 

29 General Conference Highlights 

30 World Religious News in Review 






At General Conference 

Is For you; 


The ACTION begins on Monday Night, although 
General Conference doesn't open officially until Tuesday 

These features are especially for those not involved 
in Board and Committee meetings. 

Note the change of place — Park Street Brethren 
Church (not Memorial Chapel). 

"Come When You Can — Leave When You Must" 

UPSTAIRS— (In the Sanctuary) 
World Relief Films: 

7:30 — "A Chance To Live" (Sound, color movie of 
the W.R.C. Hoa Khanh Children's Hospital 
in Vietnam.) 

8:00 — "Color Slide Pictures and Tape-Recorded 
Singing" (Obtained by Phil and John Lersch 

on the World Relief tour of Southeast Asi 
in 1972.) 

8:30 — "Bangladesh ... Its Tragedies & Triumphs 
(Sound, color movie of events before ar-, 
after Pakistani-India War and how Eva, 
gelicals are giving aid.) 

DOWNSTAIRS— (In the Fellowship Hall) 

Children's Learning Center Open House (7:00 to 9:0< 
Stop in anytime for a preview look at what tl' 
kids will be enjoying and learning every mornii' 
of General Conference. 

THE PARLOR— (In the Educational Unit) 
Refreshments for everyone throughout the evenli 
(furnished by the World Relief Committee). 

June 2, 1973 

Pag^e Three 



By ihe Way 




The cycle of Key 73 evangelism rolls on, First, the 
inertia and apathy had to be overcome. This began with 
a stress on repentance and prayer, even before the 1973 
year of cooperative evangelism commenced. 

With the spotlight on the Word, the wheel began to 
move. Sharpened words quickened the spirit of evan- 
gelism and became the mode of witness. By the time 
lEaster and its message of Resurrection were added to 
the Key 73 calendar, the wheel of evangelism was in 
positive, forward motion. Spontaneous witness springs 
from committed laymen as they grow anxious to share 
their new life with others. 

But now that the cycle is in full motion, where will 
it end? Ideally, it should never end. The Great Com- 
mission stands as the timeless charge to the Church. 
Unfortunately, however, evangelistic fervor sometimes 
slackens as a generation of Witnesses allow other pur- 
Isuits to take over fu-st place in their personal interests. 

But it is not God's plan that evangelisic activity 
ishould ever decline. Evangelism should end in dynamic 
proclamation, which itself is the beginning of the evan- 
jgelism cycle again. 

"Multiply and replenish the earth," God told Noah 
after a devastating flood. Multiply, expand, and cover 
the earth with the gospel is the expUcit instruction which 
Christ has left for His Church. "Go ye into all the 
world, and preach . . ." "Ye shall be witnesses unto me 
. . . unto the uttermost part of the earth." 

The newly converted Christian, won through the best 
efforts of Key 73, is not fulfiUing the whole claim of 
Christ on his life until he too is called, urged, and 
challenged to proclaim the gospel. So the fifth phase 
|0f Key 73 stresses the fact that our continent must 
now be called to proclamation. 

Paul's preaching was proclamation. Yet he spoke of 
his proclamation as the foolishness of preaching 
id Corinthians 1:21). Not foolish preaching, but the 
foolishness of preaching. There is a vast difference. 

We are not called to do or say unwise things as we 
pvangelize and urge others to join us in proclamation. 
But the message of the Cross is to them that perish 
Itoolishness (I Corinthians 1:18). It is fooHshness to the 
natural mmd which has not yet grasped things spiritual. 
To us who are saved, it is the power and the wisdom 
3f God (1:24). 

' Irrelevant preaching i